Jan 13, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

I believe we are sent here to make a difference – I always felt it.  Now I know it.  We are given essential tools and talents.  It is our job to make something of what we have.  And what do we have?

We have this:  eyes to see; ears to hear; a brain to think; arms and hands to work; legs to get us where we are meant to go.  I was born and raised in an able-body world – and there I would excel.

Or so I thought.

In my world, a man’s worth was measured by what he could do – especially physically.  A real man got up early, worked hard all day, and went to bed tired, but happy.  A real man was the provider and protector.

That was my attitude, and it seemed to pay off.  Each summer of my youth, I worked hard on my aunt and uncle’s ranch; besides, it kept me in shape for sports.

Championship trophies and business accomplishments measured our worth – taught us discipline and goal orientation.  My life was laid out before me, clear and straight.

Or so I thought.

I grew up and married my high school sweetheart.  I honored my family traditions and values.  My dad taught me to work hard.  Take care of your family.

I invested in an Elk ranch and built a successful landscaping business.   I worked as hard as my men did.  I never asked anything of them that I couldn’t or wouldn’t do myself – or hadn’t already done.

My wife, Shondell, stayed home, managed the house with order and efficiency, and raised our children.  I worked from dawn to dusk, providing for my family.

That was my world.  My family needed me.  They depended on me – I depended on myself.  I was tough and independent.  That worked, not just for me, but also for my family.  That is what I believed.  That was my attitude.  That was the way it was.

Or so I thought.

God evidently thought differently because it changed – a bale of hay had to fall on my head to do it, but my life changed….. and then, I changed.

Attitudes and assumptions were challenged; belief and behavior changed.  I learned a lot about who depends on whom and what is really important in life.

What I have learned is that we can all make a difference, once we genuinely decide to go and do something and get it DONE.


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