In addition to the usual list of people I need to buy Christmas presents for and ideas of what to buy for them, this year, I made another list.
Henry Eyring, one of the leaders of my Church recently gave an address in which he said:
“There is someone you can forgive. There is someone you can thank. There is someone you can serve and lift.”
This Christmas season, I decided to take that literally. I vowed to select one person to forgive, one person to thank, and one person to focus on serving and lifting. The person to thank was obvious as over and over again as I’ve performed this year, I have thought, “I could never sing like that before Louise Urban.” Louise was my voice teacher for several years, and with her expertise–as well as her personal brand of toughlove–she finally taught me how to use my voice. Though she may not have agreed with all my life choices, I will always owe her a debt of gratitude for the gift of mastering my own instrument.
The person to forgive was more difficult because I have been wronged, WRONGED, by so many of you! The options are endless. I jest, of course. Mending a broken bridge with the person I chose initially filled me with anxiety. After the first hurdle, though, forgiving has filled me with a lightness I didn’t know I was missing. Wish I’d done it sooner.
And then there was a person to serve and lift. Sadly, someone very dear to me suffered a devastating setback this Christmas season. I feel very privileged to be able to serve and lift this person. I only hope I can make a good job of it.
Jonny – pair of skates
Suzy – dolly
Nellie – storybook
Person 1 – forgiveness
Person 2 – gratitude
Person 3 – service