“You’re my sunshine and I want you to know…”
I’ve never done anything like this before but there’s a first time for everything, right?
I haven’t yet written about one specific person but I can’t think of anyone that deserves it more…
This is my beautiful friend (more like a sis), Esther.
Actually, THIS, is my very attractive friend, Esther (she’s single guys)
Esther is kind, caring, compassionate, and most of all she’s an amazing friend.
Esther is also a little crazy. She says things like “fifty cents” in the most white-girl voice you’ve ever heard in reference to the rapper. She has this wild beast of a dog that is quite possibly the most majestic creature I’ve ever seen in my life, and I would be completely obsessed if his drool didn’t trigger my gag-reflux. She’s outside more than any one person I know, yet somehow still takes a lot of naps… literally every time I’ve texted or called and asked what she is up to the most common response is “about to lay down for a nap I am EXHAUSTED dude”
She’s also got a heart of pure gold.
I see a lot of similarities between Esther and myself… not just that we were both cheerleaders and suffered through the same intense training and conditioning… but that we both stand on common ground and have been a little rough around the edges before. Perhaps this is why I love her so much, because she reminds me of a slightly older yet smaller, brunette version of myself in so many ways.
And what I love the most about my terrific friend is that she’s made it a mission not to let what her past may say about her to define her… She knows that her identity is in Christ and Christ alone. She doesn’t just know who she is but WHOSE she is. And I admire her in more ways than I could ever explain.
She’s by far my favorite person to have “boy talk” with. She’s the one who reminds me “he’s JUST a guy.” Although, it really is more fun to look up the entire baseball roster instead of paying attention to the actual game so we could figure out which nice butt belonged to which player and scout out potential suitors— at the end of the day it’s still all about Jesus and no human guy could ever compare. But no matter how many jokes we make about how much better it is to keep your heart guarded, she’s also the one reminding me not to pass up a good thing if it comes along. Just a few days ago actually I was reminded that it’s easy to get caught up in the whole “anti-relationship/ my heart belongs to Jesus/no guys allowed” phase of life where you completely shut out anyone who could be a distraction, but sometimes God gives you those distractions to see if you’ve learned anything. How can you know if you’ve fully given yourself to Him you never go through a test of faith? That was important for me to come to terms with. And she helped me with that.
I think about how incredible my friend is and what a shame it is for people who do not know the Esther that I know and love so dearly.
If I could name one thing I admire the most about Esther Pinto, what would it be?
Her desire to pursue God with every aspect of her being.
I know you’re reading this.
I want you to know how incredibly proud I am to be your friend.
No wait, I take that back.
Proud doesn’t even come close. I actually feel so unworthy to be able to call someone like you my friend. What you even see in me, and whatever value you get out of being my friend I will never understand. I adore you in so many ways, and you truly are a sister to me. Thank you for being my friend, thank you for always holding me accountable. Thank you for making me a better version of myself. Thank you for always reminding me of my identity, even when I feel like I’ve lost it. Thank you for hour long phone calls. Thank you for tear-filled heart to hearts. Thank you for just being YOU. It’s funny because I’m not quite sure how I spent 23 years not knowing you, and now I have no idea how I will survive 11 months not having you around to make fun of. Following God’s calling on your life? That takes serious courage. One of my favorite things about you is that you refuse to allow this world to take hold of you. I see so much Jesus in you, and you are about to set this entire world on fire with your passion for Christ…
For those who do not know my friend Esther, she is taking a big leap of faith this year…
She has dedicated her life to pursuing a mission called The World Race. In a few short months she will embark on an 11-month journey that will take her to 11 different countries sharing the gospel and serving communities throughout the world.
This is a BIG mission. A really big one. And in situations like this, you learn to put your pride aside because you can’t do it on your own. That is something that Esther has so much of. Humility. It’s hard to ask for help yet somehow she is so graceful about it.
But now I’m asking YOU for help. God is working through this incredible human. (Disclaimer: she didn’t ask me to do this. In fact she would probably strangle me if she knew I was wiring this before I post it)
If you have it in your heart to help in some way— even the smallest act of love, I would appreciate it so much, and I know she would, too.
Whether it’s a small donation or even just a prayer for safety. A little goes so many ways.
Esther also has a blog through her World Race profile that she keeps updates on if you want to follow that also. I’ll be posting the link at the bottom of this post.
Oh, I forgot to mention– it’s her birthday today!!
Happy Birthday to you, my dear friend and sister. God will surely explode an abundance of blessings on you in this 26th year.
I love you more than Freddie Mercury loves Fat Bottomed Girls (not sure if that’s really a lot considering he was gay and all BUT you catch my drift)
Please consider donating and following Esther’s mission:
“…I really love you, you’re my best friend”