How Ordinary Becomes Great
He that is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in much…. Luke 16: 10
It’s easy to see someone as great because of what they did or achieved in a publicized moment. But, are we aware of the less than glamorous path that may have led to greatness? Going that extra mile to do the right thing even when it was inconvenient. Striving for excellence when no one was watching. Faithfully performing a thankless job. Holding ones head high as those around accused and criticized.
When all is said and done, the great among us often lead ordinary lives. In some cases, extraordinary circumstances are thrust upon them that convert the mundane into sheer oppression. Still, their dedication and passion allow them to persevere. While in prison, Nelson Mandela earned a Bachelor of Laws from the University of London External Programme. Facing hard labor and oppressive conditions during a life sentence, he achieved his goal of an advanced degree. He invested in himself despite the odds.
You may never lead a nation through an epic struggle, win the Nobel Peace Prize, or even get noticed on the local news. But your everyday struggles shouldn’t be discounted. In our own character building daily grind, we can positively affect those around us. Perhaps a simple word of encouragement, a humble act of kindness, or just our tenacious perserverance through mundane or difficult times may encourage another.
- Before saving Egypt from famine, Joseph was sold into slavery by his own brothers, and later sent to prison for a crime he did not commit.
- Moses, an adopted prince of Egypt, was reduced to herding sheep before leading the Children of Israel out of captivity.
- Considered the Father of His Country, George Washington had what amounted to an elementary school education (talk about a self-made man; fascinating story – check it out http://www.nps.gov/archive/fone/classroom/fiwar/gweducation_student.htm).
- Rosa Parks was a seamstress, not a political activist, when she influenced history by deciding not to give up her seat on that Alabama bus.
- After spending 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela became the first black President of South Africa.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. Casting all your care upon Him for He cares for you. IPeter 5: 6,7
Special attention is paid to the last earthly days of Christ. But don’t forget, before His defining moment, Jesus was also a carpenter.