What life defining moments make you unique?

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Have you ever thought about what makes you unique? This came up in a recent conversation with a friend…so I asked, “what’s unique about you”? He replied, “my DNA”!

Really, that’s your answer?

After a brief laugh, I realized the brilliance behind his response. There are 7.4 billion people currently spinning on this globe with us and everyone is different. God embedded a specified DNA blueprint that forms who we are, how we think, how we react and how we grow. He made each of us unique!

What life defining moments make you unique? We all experience major highs and bottom out with deep lows. We make sound decisions followed by terrible mistakes. The good and the bad, the easy and the hard, the laugh and the cry are all necessary. They're all required for growth and our reaction to each makes us distinctively unique.

I’m so excited to have my husband guest blogging for me today. I sheepishly asked him a couple of weeks ago what he thought about it, and to my surprise he said, “sure!” Not only did he say yes, he wrote it and had it to me the next day. My husband is full of wisdom and I’m honored to share that with you today!

Hello BLOG WORLD…glad to be a guest with you today! Some call me John, others JG, a select few refer to me as honey, dad, son or brother – call me what you will, just not Mr. Geurin. This is reserved for nervous boys at my door hoping to see one of my beautiful daughters. So, John or JG it is!

By now, you’ve read Shannon’s Story – you realize life gives home runs and throws curves. We all experience major highs and  bottom out with deep lows. We make sound decisions followed by terrible mistakes. The good and the bad, the easy and the hard, the laugh and the cry are all necessary. They’re all required for growth and our reaction to each makes us distinctively unique.

While tempted to elaborate on Shannon’s story or tell my own, I’ll save it for another day. Rather, I’ll share a few questions I feel everyone faces in some form at some point and how our reaction to each defines our uniqueness.

Five life defining moments that make me unique.

#1 – Will you work?

I remember like it was yesterday…still dark outside, well before sunrise. That diesel engine turned over and abruptly woke me. I looked between the blinds and saw my dad loading up and getting ready for another hard day’s work. While I had heard that engine many times before – on that day this 14 year old boy realized my warm bed, the roof over my head and everything in my world relied on him getting up, getting out and going to work. My DNA code for “work ethic” was formed that morning and my answer to the question would forever be yes!

#2 – Will you overcome fear?

I ran and I regretted it.

Never would I run again!

Somehow I had crossed the toughest guy in our county (i.e. a girl may have been involved). He was farm bred cocky,  a black belt,  and known for fighting and winning. I was 18 when he pulled up and yelled pull over!

I fled!

I was sick at my stomach from fear, but more sick from running. That day I vowed to NEVER succumb to fear again, no matter the cost. Two weeks later when he came after me again I got it over with and I still have the visible crack in my nose from that defining moment.  Life’s short, No Fear!

#3 – Will you follow?

I was the mischievous church kid.

I knew the songs and the verses – but did I know Him?

Regardless of your position, title or socioeconomic status – you will follow something or someone. I am a leader by profession and a follower by decision. I committed to Jesus Christ at 19 and while I am by no means the model Christian – I know the blessings received and obstacles overcame have been a direct result of His grace & mercy.  I choose to follow Him! Will you follow him? Click To Tweet

#4 – Will you commit?

“With this ring I thee wed.”

I’ll never forget the day I said those vows, “for better or for worse.” If you know Shannon’s story  then you know I had a choice to make. Believe me, at the time the easiest thing would have been to bail. Within 24-hours I met with an attorney and had divorce papers drawn. But, what about this commitment I had made? Did I only commit to better? What about worse? Was I going to run? The next 2-3 years were grueling as we found our way again. Today our marriage is stronger than I ever thought it could be…we love deeper, communicate wider and laugh harder.

Honor your commitments – enjoy the ups & learn from the downs!

#5 – Will you model the way?

As mentioned earlier I’m a leader by profession. But my most rewarding leadership gig by far is modeling the way for two gorgeous beings God has placed under my developmental responsibility. They are beautiful inside/out, are smarter than me and would do just fine without their dad’s direction. But still, I try daily to be an example that might help them grow into everything God has planned for their lives. People are watching YOU – model the way for them!People are watching YOU! Model the way for them! Click To Tweet

What life defining moments make you unique? We all experience major highs and bottom out with deep lows. We make sound decisions followed by terrible mistakes. The good and the bad, the easy and the hard, the laugh and the cry are all necessary. They're all required for growth and our reaction to each makes us distinctively unique.

That’s a glimpse of what makes me unique. I’m far from perfect but I make an extreme effort to live, laugh and love every day. What about you? What are those life defining moments that make you unique?

Thank you so much John for being a guest on the blog today! He gives me wisdom all the time.

I’d love to hear a one or two life defining moments that make you unique!

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  1. Shannon, this is priceless! Thanks for sharing words from your “honey.”

    • Shannon says:

      Michele- thank you and yes it IS priceless, isn’t it? But it kinda bugs me….I asked him one day, and the next he had it written out for me. Sometimes it takes me DAYS to just finish one post. …..annoying that it took him half the time! lol

  2. Deb Wolf says:

    You’re right, Shannon. Lots’ of wisdom here! Thank you, John, for sharing it with us. These are great questions and something I’ll think about all day. I let fear define me for waaaay tooo long. I didn’t end up with a cracked nose but a broken heart. God’s healing grace made moving forward without fear possible. Blessings to you both!

    • Shannon says:

      I hear you Deb.Fear almost destroyed my marriage but thank God He had other plans! Gods grace is sufficient!

  3. Dawn says:

    “Will you trust?” is a big defining moment for me. I remember so well a particular day when I decided to trust God fully, that He is good, and I don’t have to have it all figured out why bad things happen.
    I loved reading this post, John. It made me think. Thanks for sharing!

    • Shannon says:

      Honestly trusting can be hard for me- but I’m with you Dawn, one day I just “got” it. Still doesn’t mean it isn’t hard sometimes, but at least its easier!

  4. John, thank you so much for sharing this wisdom here and being bold enough to write a guest post! These are challenging questions, and I think we should often reflect back and ask ourselves what the answer is in the specific season if life we’re in.
    Shannon, thanks for sharing your man with us! Love this insight & his support of your blog. 🙂

  5. Suzi t says:

    Will you carry on? Keep going?
    Or will you fall in a heap and give in? Be resilient and fight.

  6. liz says:

    What a guy! This is terrific! And so wise!

  7. MELANIE REDD says:

    Thanks for so many great words of encouragement today, Shannon!
    What a good word.
    I’m sharing this one all around.
    I hope you will have a blessed day~
    Melanie

  8. Shannon,

    Lots of wisdom! Your husband hit on those key defining moments. I didn’t fully follow Christ until my early 30s, but it’s made all the difference. I truly know what life is like without Him and what it is like with Him as King! Life defining, indeed!

    Blessings from your neighbor at Messy Marriage.

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