Did you cross the plains? NO. Did you sail the ocean in a ship powered only with sails and only a trunk filled with your possessions? Probably not. So how could YOU or I be a pioneer? Let me explain.
Where I live, this week celebrates those who oftentimes left behind material possessions, family and friends for a purpose higher than themselves.
As I pondered their courage, it occurred to me though we may not have to push a handcart or drive a team of oxen, or forge new paths in a wilderness; yet we too must make extremely difficult choices and selfless sacrifices to have valued principles in our own life, which brought me to the realization that……
YOU ARE a Pioneer!
Usually we think of a pioneer as someone who settled a new land, moved to unpopulated territory, walked across untamed plains or crossed treacherous mountains.
When the word pioneer is considered, it refers to someone who left the comfort and routine in their life, for a promise and hope of something better.
Terms in the dictionary that made me realize why we ARE pioneers.
Application of the work pioneer in our life:
I truly honor those who pioneered long ago to make a better life for those that followed, namely us, as their life was grueling and oftentimes harsh.
However, I consider that our life today is every bit as difficult and demanding, even possibly more in some respects than times long ago.
Those who were past-times pioneers, usually fought the same problems: such as weather, enemies, persecution, etc. While today’s pioneers (you and me) are oftentimes fighting our own battles, imperfections and weaknesses seemingly alone.
It is the plan that we have our own conflicts. temptations and trials, which may not be known or understood easily, yet, we are never, ever alone. We have each other and principally God to turn to.
I believe, with all my heart, that each and every one of us have been purposefully set in our family, this time in the world’s history, and the setting we are in; as all these components are critical factors, for our own sake to grow AND be a pioneer.
It is our duty and obligation to be praiseworthy and pioneer to change wrongs, to persevere in righteous ways, and to be a trailblazer carving a path that is worthy to follow.
By learning correct principles, practicing moral choices and becoming a trusted shadow for others to follow.
You and I ARE pioneers!
Did you ever wonder what children and adults did for entertainment back in the 1800’s?
For my post on Pioneers Games, actvities and Fun, Click HERE
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013
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