“How have you been? What have you been up to?”
In a rare once in a while, this question is asked of me and I can respond with some interesting tale of a significant accomplishment or a prominent role into which I have stepped. But more often than not, the crickets chirp amongst the silence in my head as I strain to remember something from my days that is worth sharing. It all seems rather unimportant, insignificant. Mind you, I am well aware that what I do has great worth in the eyes of God, raising two beautiful children, loving my husband, and helping to shepherd a faith family. But to relay it to another human being (especially someone that happens to being doing such things plus rising on the prominence ladder) seems, well, so boring. And here is where the comparison game can get deadly.
She is the PTO president and puts on amazing class parties.
She had 100 people at her 40th birthday party.
She is on the speaking circuit, broadening her influence to thousands.
Her blog stats are off the charts.
That pastor’s wife runs an international women’s conference.
“I don’t know how she does it all”.
She is running a corporation.
She is changing the world through her service.
She is making a difference.
Okay, so you could continue and extend this list to fit your circumstances, but you know exactly what I mean, right? Sometimes, life seems a little too mundane, a little too inconspicuous and everyone else around you is seemingly making an significant impact on the world. Perhaps the season of folding laundry and wiping snotty noses will pass and/or lead to something a little more glamorous.
But what if it doesn’t? What then?
A life of perceived prominence is no more significant than a life of faithfulness. In fact, a truly successful life is a faithful life. It is a life that consistently does the right thing over time, stringing together little choices and decisions which strengthen the fabric and deepen the textures of our legacy.
Perhaps faithfulness will lead to greater influence. God certainly says that if we are faithful with the little things that He will allow us to have more. It is our faithfulness that makes us trustworthy to God. But even if the influence does not broaden in scope, the faithfulness alone is what makes us successful. (And sometimes, prominence can even get in the way of faithfulness).
No, a faithful life usually doesn’t receive a lot of accolades. Faithful people tend to get overlooked, since they are about the little things, not the big ones. It is the unglamorous side of the Christian life for it requires moving in the same direction down a long and windy road, believing that the desired destination is just ahead. And therein lies the faith of faithfulness. It is believing in the unseen and trusting that this humble life is the best life, because it is the one He asks of you.
So hang in there dear one, and let me applaud you from my tiny platform. Your faithful life may be overshadowed by the clamors of others more prominent, but it stands in full glory (accompanied by great fanfare) before the King of Kings.
By Joy Dombrow, Living Loved.Leave a Comment