What does it mean to lean forward instead of standing back?
Today I went to the 2nd Annual Summit Salute Party at Mt. Washington. I met new friends and had a great time. One mother approached me and asked me if I am Bobbie Jo Rae and asked for an autographed book. It was my pleasure to give it to her.
The most interesting part of the party was the speech that Pastor Rob from Berlin NH gave. His main point was “Don’t stand back, lean forward!”
What did Pastor Rob mean by this expression? He was telling us to use whatever happens to us to help and encourage others instead of using it as an excuse to sit back and complain. We each must take our life experiences, good and bad, and use them to mentor and encourage others. Specifically, he was addressing Veterans, but what he was saying applies to all of us.
Pastor Rob is a 20 year Army veteran and his kids have watched him as they grew up. They have seen him lean forward through their entire lives. Now they lean forward instead of standing back. Others have told him how great his adult kids are, what blessings they are to those around them. Likewise, he is a blessing to others around him.
I have had a very hard life. So many things have happened to me that if I wrote a biography, it would be put in the fiction category. No one would believe that so many bad things could happen to one person. But I continue to bless and encourage others.
At the end of the party today, there was a raffle drawing. We had received one ticket. And we won. This raffle win was a blessing returning to me.
Readers, no matter how good or bad your life has been, please use your experience to help and encourage others. Never let a day go by that you do not bless someone else with encouragement. Remember that leaning forward will help you to cope with your own depression, anxiety, and PTSD!
Parents, you can raise kids like Pastor Rob’s kids. Be kind and understanding with them. Love them unconditionally and give them adequate and appropriate discipline. Constantly set a good example for them.