Is not more superstars, but rather faithful parents, spouses, neighbors, friends, and co-workers. People who are willing to serve God even if they never get famous for it.
George Stephenson College’s motto is “One day I shall astonish the world.”
No pressure, right? It is well-meaning with a purpose to encourage you to make something meaningful of your life. Many of us are shaped by mottos similar to that, but today I actually want to say something that you might find off-putting – “decrease your vision.”
In the bible, Jesus often shrunk crowds. He regularly asked the people who just received a miracle to not tell anyone. Imagine Jesus being alive today and doing the same miracles? Instant fame and social media would be exploding with videos about him healing the sick, but in Mark 1:35–39 something striking happens…an entire city gathered at Christ’s door in the hopes of experiencing healing.
What does Jesus do?
“Rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He departed and went out to a desolate place, and there He prayed”. (Mark 1:35)
Even His disciples didn’t know where He was and it goes on to say they were confused by His withdrawal. Rather than building status with the crowds, He was praying in solitude! But Jesus responded: “Let us go on to the next town that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” (Mark 1:38)
Rather than building a fanbase, He stayed faithful to His Father’s will. At times some are called into the spotlight, but more often God calls us daily to faithfulness in things that make an impact on the world, but not in front of spotlights. There’s nothing wrong with making plans or having dreams, but we have to make sure they don’t distract us from God’s daily purpose for our lives.
Be a good husband, wife and work to keep your marriage healthy. Parent with love and integrity. Love your neighbors. Be kind and be generous. Serve others with love and compassion. Love God, Love people and you will Love Life.