I want my friends to say, "she was there through thick and thin," and I want my children to never have to question my word. "If mom said it, she'll do it." I want that to be the confidence of their heart.
Who I want to be is someone who is honest.
I want to be a person of integrity. I want someone to feel like they never have to question my character. I want people to say "You can believe Diana, if she said it had to be true."
Who I want to be is a person who loves.
I want people to know that I love them and accept them unconditionally, even when I disagree with them wholeheartedly. I want my kids to know no matter how bad they screw up, I will love them still. And I want my friends to know that even though I may say things they don't want to hear, our ability to agree to disagree is assurance for them even if we don't see eye to eye, I don't reject them.
Who I want to be is a person who encourages.
I want to be someone who sees the best in others and encourages them in their gifts and talents and cheers them on even when they are being stretched beyond their limitations. I want to be someone who recognizes gifts and beauty in others and not only sees it but acknowledges it.
Who I want to be is a person of faith.
I want to be a woman who always takes God at His word, and believes Him for all His promises, even when times are hard and things are tough. I want to be a woman who trusts confidently in the character of her God, and a woman who stands firm on His word.
Who I want to be is a person of hope.
I want ot be a person who looks at the future and sees all the potential it holds. I want to be a woman who lives in expectation of God's blessings and goodness.
Who I want to be is a reflection.
I want to reflect the love and hope and potential of the God I serve. I want to reflect the acceptance and grace of the Savior Who died for me. When people look at me, I want them to continually see less of me, and more of my Jesus.
I am not the person who I want to be, but I hope I am more like her today than I was yesterday, and I hope tomorrow the reflection and the resemblance to her will be even stronger.
I am grateful that the Lord is the one who will bring those things about, and that He alone is faithful to finish the good work he has begun.
1 Corinthians 13:11-12