I only knew Natasia for a few months before we lost touch.
She was a young pastor’s wife at a local church we attended very briefly during an insanely difficult time in my early teens.
She was my mom’s friend, really. I mean, I was there. But I was a kid.
She was classy and beautiful, but that is not how she impacted me most.
She always spoke to me with interest and respect.
She didn’t treat me like I was little or silly. She took a genuine interest in me.
She was even my pen-pal for a little while after we moved away.
She’ll never know what an impact she had on my life.
(Well, maybe she will. I’ve gotten back in touch with her family through Facebook. Have I mentioned that I LOVE Facebook?)
She was an example of faith and grace. She loved her husband and her future children. She had a great story about her commitment to wait for the guy God had for her. During a time when it was easy to feel disillusioned with Christianity, I remembered her kindness, her love for Jesus, and her authentic life. She inspired me to want to be like her.
Later, as a young pastor’s wife myself, I often remembered of the kind of pastor’s wife she was. I knew she was the kind I wanted to be.
She mentored me just by being who she was.
Never, ever, ever underestimate the power of your influence, even in a short amount of time.
Have you ever had someone who mentored you just by their example? What about someone who influenced you through just a brief friendship or contact? Share in the comments!
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