Today I received a photograph of my 10 year old granddaughter Kamrey. She was smiling – smiling despite being connected to numerous tubes, monitors and a nasal cannula for breathing. She was having a short break from the face mask that normally supplies her oxygen. Kamrey was severely injured in a rock slide and has been in a pediatrics ICU for just over a month. I know, because God has promised, that she will heal and she will eventually resume a normal life. In the meantime, she has been an inspiration to me. She has had tremendous pain yet she has not complained. In the moments since her accident, she has literally feared for her life – yet she has trusted and faced her situation with courage. She has all the reasons in the world to feel like God has picked on her – yet I know when she is able to talk again that she will express gratitude for His help in her healing. I know that when the day comes that Kamrey is able to go home, she will do so with the determination to rebuild her strength and to regain her complete health. Kamrey is a fighter. That characteristic has and will serve her well. Kamrey is also a natural athlete. That quality will also serve her well. However, the quality that will serve her and this world best is her ability to think of others before herself. Just a few months ago, Kamrey was in a race. Kamrey could have placed well in her race but Kamrey stopped to help a struggling little girl who was feeling overwhelmed. Kamrey offered to run beside her and then did. When the race was over, in my mind, Kamrey was the biggest winner of all. Kamrey is an incredible example of living greatly to me. If you have stories of others living greatly, I hope that you will share them with me. In the meantime, will you help me pray for Kamrey? Prayers have already blessed her and given her strength but she has a long recovery ahead of her and I would appreciate all the strength and healing that prayers and angels can provide for my sweet granddaughter 🙂
I believe that humility is a much misunderstood concept. Those I saw in heaven were all humble. However, each and every one of us knew and acknowledged our worth. We honored and revered each other and our individuality. Other than the love that is a part of heaven in a way that can’t be described, I think the thing I miss most is that humble reverence and confidence we had in each other and in ourselves. Our true selves are truly amazing. Yet, our amazingness (I think I invented a word there) came not from being an isolated “standout”. It came as a result of honoring our gifts and abilities provided to us by our Creator and in our desire to lift and build each other.
I used to have a whole different idea of what humility is. I used to believe that humility was believing that you had less worth than dust (Picked that up from King Benjamin). However, though heaven was full of humility, I don’t remember seeing anyone at all who did not believe in and honor their worth. No one thought they had no worth. In fact, one of the most astounding parts of my experience in heaven was how we all honored each other and OURSELVES. We freely acknowledged our gifts and talents but we did not see them as anything that provided superiority if we had more or inferiority if we had less. Instead, each gift and talent was an incredible blessing and a way that we could more fully serve our Creator. Perhaps we should all be better at acknowledging the gifts we have been given – not with ego but with a spirit of gratitude. I am a witness that all that we are and all that we can become is a gift from God. Now, if I can just do a better job of using that gift to better serve the ONE who gave it to me, I will be one step closer to recreating what I witnessed in heaven.