There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.
- Jill Churchill
A dedicated pastor, a nonprofit organizer and a compassionate stranger are among the amazing people inspiring our readers this week.
Cheryll Harris-Gaddy Warner writes about a pastor who continues to tend to his flock even when he himself is very ill: “I am inspired by Bro. Jeff Harless, the pastor at Living by Faith Freewill Baptist Church in Bristol, TN. He never waivers in his dedication to God, family and his parishioners. Even when he was near death and in the hospital this summer, he was still ministering to others. Bro. Jeff is a true inspiration, not only to me but to everyone he meets!"
“I am inspired by my niece, Sami Tolson, who started a new nonprofit this week called Face Yourself,” writes Susan Wittich Chaney. “Her motto is, ‘Follow your dreams. We were created equally, to love and be loved. Nothing less.’ She is encouraging people to be themselves and will be speaking on local Toledo, OH, radio stations and at area schools.”
And then there was this remarkable story, from Kim Avery: “I am inspired this week by my friend Terri. She and her husband, Mark, were on vacation in Hawaii and were cooking out when Terri noticed a homeless guy and asked if he would like to join them.
He did, and Terri began a conversation with him. She learned where he was from, why he was homeless and eventually his name. Mark went up to their hotel room and got shampoo, shirts, underwear and socks for him. The man told Terri he was homeless because of drugs and bad decisions, and Terri prayed with him.
She recently got back home, searched for his parents in Texas and found them! She called them and told them she had met their son. Terri explained to me, 'I've just been used as servant for the Lord and I am so happy and blessed.'
That really inspired me this week not to judge people and to always find a way to minister to those who need to hear ‘God loves you.’ ”
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