“Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.” -Proverbs 15:16
The more you can build the knowledge into your soul that you’re a ceaseless being with an eternal destiny in God’s good universe, as Dallas Willard said, the less you worry about always doing something spectacular and fantastic. There are so many good people who know the Lord and have simple lives. Some people work one job their whole life, but they are faithful to the gospel and they love the Lord. Do their lives matter? Of course they do. Every life matters. Not all of us are going to be Julius Caesar, Brad Pitt, or the President of the United States. There’s only a handful of people in history who are going to do that, but in the kingdom of God, they’re actually the lowest. Jesus teaches us that if you want to be the greatest, you have to become a humble servant like him. You may live a simple life where you don’t do anything absolutely extraordinary, but your life still means something. You know Jesus, and that’s enough: you love, are loved, and spend your time living like him. There will be a day when we get to heaven that we’ll see that that makes sense.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank you for my simple life. Help me remember that I don’t have to do extraordinary things. I’m extraordinary because I’m loved by you.
REFLECTION: Do you feel like you live a simple life?