My grandmother wasn’t a career woman. In fact, she only held a job for six years in her entire life. When she got married, she and my grandfather couldn’t afford for both of them to be away studying for five years, so although she’d hoped to attend college, she remained at home with her husband’s relatives, who unfortunately treated her quite harshly. She endured the separation and the unkind relatives patiently, with no complaint in her letters throughout the entire time.

My grandfather went on to have a successful career as a lawyer and judge, while Granny remained at home, taking care of children—first her own twins, then nieces, and finally grandchildren. I spent every summer, and a few school years as well, at my grandparents’ home.

Now 93, Granny is still a source of wisdom, a pillar to lean on when one needs calm in this fast world, and a reminder of what is really important in life. She has been one of the greatest role models in my life, and though mostly confined to her apartment these days, she continues to live through me and each of the others whom her life has greatly influenced.

At times, I wonder if it is possible or worth all the effort to be an influence for good in this cruel world. Then I remember my granny’s poise, joy, inner peace, and contentment and I decide to do my best. If I can bring her good teaching and example to life inside me, I can be a force for good as well.

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“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit. Without me, you can’t do anything.  My Father is glorified when you produce much fruit and in this way prove that you are my disciples.”—Jesus, John 15:5,8 CEB

“I pray that you will then be filled with the fruit of righteousness, which comes from Jesus Christ, in order to give glory and praise to God.”—Philippians 1:11 CEB

Knowing Jesus and filling your life with His Spirit is the best way to make each experience more meaningful and more fruitful. Ask Him to be with you from today to eternity:

Dear Jesus, please come into my life and help me to be a reflection of You and Your care and love to all I meet. Amen.