The Five People You Meet in Heaven: Everyday Heroes

Who are five people who have influenced you?

What can you do now to let them know that they had an effect on your life?


16 thoughts on “The Five People You Meet in Heaven: Everyday Heroes

  1. 1. My 3rd/4th grade teacher, Ms. Tschudy.
    2. My 7th grade English teacher, Mrs. Oberholzer
    3. My French teacher, Mme. Stull
    4. my friend Candi, whose husband used to be the youth pastor at my church
    5. the manager at Cherish, the scrapbooking store I used to work at

    Unfortunately, I have no contact with the first three people, but I have already expressed my appreciation to the last two. And there are more people I could list, too, who have been especially helpful in my last few rough years. I actually do make a habit of expressing appreciation to those who have been helpful/influential in my life. Obviously it makes a lot more sense to do that now than to wait and see if you get to meet five people in heaven … :o)

  2. 1. Mrs. Peacock, my 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teacher–She’s probably the best elementary teacher ever. She loves her students and makes everyone feel welcome, takes an interest in people and shows great attention to them, makes learning fun, and manages her classroom expertly.
    2-3. Dave and Becky Stertzbach, my high school music/drama and English/drama teachers–They encouraged my love for the fine arts and introduced me to some wonderful works of music, drama, and literature. They spent hours investing in my life through their extra-curricular work and demonstrated love for their students and joy in serving the Lord.
    4. Pastor Stertzbach–He taught the Bible thoroughly, lead by example, reminded us constantly to trust in God’s promises, and exuded love for people. He also took time to answer my questions about the Bible and coached me on a speech for fine arts competition.
    5-6. Doug and Karen Abels–They are close friends and mentors to me. They taught me much about teaching and encourage me to live for the Lord.

    I’ve written thank you notes to each of these people before, but I feel like I should do it again!

  3. My five people have transitioned:

    My grade school teachers all four of them and one high school teacher.
    My Aunt Blanche and Uncle Ralph who cared for me when my mother left our home. I have thanked Aunt Blanche and I honor the memory of my uncle who is MIA-presumed dead in WWII..
    Ellen D. Howland and New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing.,
    Professor Eleanor Drummond at Boston University School of Nursing.
    Friend, Elisabeth McGregor.

  4. Interesting, isn’t it, how many of us listed teachers as a major portion of our “five people.” The realization that I could have a major influence on my students’ lives was both an encouragement and a major source of caution when I was a teacher.

  5. Jenni and all, I attended a four room school house, so we had each teacher for two years. There was one change at second grade and the seventh and eighth grade teacher changed before I got there. So, over the eight years, I knew 6 teachers. We also had people who came for an art day and a music day.
    The teachers knew my family story, more than I did at that time, and they were part of the security blanket that I had. Each one provided special reading which had significance in my emotional growth and stability. They did not say, “I know you lost your mother, so this would be good for you to read.” They just did it. It was needed to balance Dick and Jane (our readers).
    Grace Bixby, my high school guidance counselor and Spanish teacher wanted me to be a teacher. I listened but wanted to be a nurse. She sat me down with the nursing brochures. I have been in the nursing profession and did teach nursing. I have also been in professional ministry. I think nursing and teaching are the noble professions.

    I think even if a teacher leaves the profession, they still teach. My dear friend Beth was an English College Prof.

  6. I did not follow directions and listed more than five. Perhaps you will give me allowance here since I have lived so many years. I promis I will come up with my true five.

    I live in a sea of people, past and present, that I love and love me. I find it is good to look at the individual relationships within the totality. There are a those who in essence are truly part of who I am.

    • That’s all right. You’re allowed to comment as much as you want. 🙂

      I’m glad you are able to recognize many people who have loved and influenced you, as you have blessed so many too.

  7. I have a hard time naming people. I really don’t want to be ungrateful, but I just don’t feel as if that many people have invested themselves in me. My parents were very protective and sheltered (read: isolated) us from a lot. We lived over seven hours from our nearest relatives. Our church, the center of our social lives, had 50 people in it! My parents tended to be the type of people who would help other people but not want to receive (or act as if they would ever need) help themselves.

    I certainly do remember fondly several of my teachers although four years were spent at an ACE school where you work on your own in a wall-off “office”, one year homeschooled, and two years in a school in our church basement with about 12 kids. I was always the good girl from a strict family; I was no problem, so I don’t think anyone was interested in reaching out to me or helping me or mentoring me because I was “fine”. Of course, no one knew that to this day I struggle with feeling alone.

    So my list?
    1. my mom
    2. my dad
    3. my piano teacher – music gives me one of my greatest joys in life.
    4. the fellow-teacher my first full year of teaching who took time to listen to a newly-wed who was far from home and often lonely and sometimes overwhelmed. She loved and listened. I will always appreciate her. She really DID care about me.
    5. my husband

    • ((((Mercy))))l

      I’m sorry you felt like not many people invested in you as a child. It sounds like you’re still hurt by that.

      I’ve talked to mothers of good kids who were saddened that their children were ignored by church leaders and teachers because they spent all their time with the bad kids. Unfortunately, it seems like the squeaky wheels are the ones who get the grease.

      I felt the same way until I was in college, so now I try to pick out church kids and good girls to encourage, too.

  8. It is interesting what you said, mercy, about being “fine”. IWhen I was in my late forties, I sustained a head injury from an adolescent psychiatric patient. My Dad’s reaction was anger toward the boy and words of comfort and concern for me. What was interesting was one of the things he said was. ” I always thought you were the one (of his four children) that I would never have to worry about.” I had been the good child (pretty much) and took care of myself by caring for others. I thought about his words often and howI I was aware of his pain, and even protective. To this day, i do not know if I have learned to state my needs, but I am doing better at recognizing them.

  9. mercy, i can not find the Tala lesson in a clear statement. Eddie receives absolution for his life in that chapter (p 192-193 in my book). She taught him that he kept children safe (“Children,” she said. “You keep them safe. You make good for me.” p. 191

  10. I think I can not limit or identify the five people because I think some of my lessons would be a surprise. I think it is good to come to acceptance about our major life events and disappointments before we die, if we can. By acceptance, I do not mean “la de da” and I am going to be Miss Sunshine in spite of any bad thing. I read Daily Word published by UNITY and the one for June 30th, I would like to share with you all.

    Thursday, June 30, 2011
    No Regrets
    I love the life I live now.
    To live without regrets requires the discipline of awareness, the compassion to forgive and the courage to change. I am aware of my true nature–that I am a spiritual being, loved and guided by the Divine Infinite. Anytime I feel I have failed to be my best self, I remember that I am learning to live and love at the highest level of my soul’s wisdom. I ask Spirit to reveal what I might change to move closer to being my best self. I then ask for the courage to make that change.

    Knowing I am doing my best, I have compassion for myself. As I learn to forgive myself, I find it easier to forgive others. I am at peace with the path that has brought me to this place of understanding. I have no regrets, and I love the life I live now.

    For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light.–Ephesians 5:8

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