You make me brave.

Ever since I was a kid, I have been asked what my plans, goals, and dreams are. I’ve always been pretty self-motivated and self-sufficient. I’ve always set pretty high standards for myself. My dad jokes all the time that he didn’t raise me, he was just a genie going “what do you need?” *poof* “there it is.”

It wasn’t until college that I realized it was ok to ask for help. It was a tough pill to swallow, asking for help, sometimes. I was stubborn and didn’t wanna do it. What I quickly realized in Alpha Gam though is that people want to help. They loved me and knew me better than I even knew myself sometimes. They knew my limits even when I didn’t. They knew when I needed support and when I needed a shoulder to cry on. They knew when I needed to be pushed too.

I’ve always worked hard and tried to go above and beyond the expectations set before me. At a conference I attended, the speaker said: “Be better than the minimum.” That resonated with me. In Alpha Gam, I was required to maintain a 2.5 gpa minimum, complete a minimum of 20 service hours per semester, be actively involved in a minimum of two other campus organizations, and more. The purpose was to grow and be well rounded. The purpose was to help us succeed and be the best versions of ourselves that we could be. In our new member classes, we were taught time management, which has helped me my entire collegiate experience. It was easy to be better than the minimum because they supported me and encouraged me.

I heard once that: “One day, someone will be sitting in the shade because of a tree you thought to plant.” I am sitting in the shade because of what the Alpha Gamma Delta founders planted. I have been blessed with wonderful people and opportunities in part because of what they started. I get to “Live With Purpose” because of a purpose that other Alpha Gam’s wrote. Every Alpha Gam woman has heard “Inspire the Woman. Impact the World.” It was the first thing that caught my attention during my recruitment. I have been inspired so, now it’s my turn to impact the world.

So, this is my prayer today. I pray that I impact those around me. I pray that I take the knowledge I have been given and the encouragement to go out into the world and make a difference. I pray that I plant a few trees in the world myself. I pray that I water those trees and help others grow. Thank you for giving me the seeds to plant with. I pray that you keep guiding me. Thank you for all I’ve learned. Thank you for making me an Alpha Gam. Thank you for making me brave. Thank you for showing me the strength in asking for help. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.