I am convinced most people want to do some great thing with their lives. But they are
under the illusion that the doing of authentically great things is reserved for a chosen
few. Heroes. Martyrs. Saints. But not them.
But what if the greatest thing is not to go out in a blaze of glory but to honor God with a
life that consistently seeks to do His will in the little things? Not to climb the highest
mountain but to stay on the uneven course that life has marked out for you? Not dying
for your faith but staying true to it over a difficult lifetime?
Think of the 24-hour blocks of your life as bank-fresh bundles of a million naira bills.
Your challenge each day is to spend your life. You can’t bank it. You get a fresh handful
of life currency each morning, and any unspent balance evaporates before tomorrow
You spend life assets when you mentor a new employee who is struggling, listen to
someone who is upset, or volunteer to help someone catch up.
You are laying down your life when you are generous with hard-earned money to help
someone who has lost her job, a family that is being drained by long-term illness, or the
ministries of your church.
You have plunked down a huge chunk of your life in giving birth, praying through your
tears for a struggling child, and investing all the time, energy, and passion that go into
molding a life for what lies ahead in this challenging world.
You are spending your life capital by putting your love for a fiance’, mate, or child above
career advancement that moves you away from spiritual stability, calls for you to spend
far too much time away from people who need you more than money, or calls for you to
compromise a central value you have embraced.
The Bible says: “We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us – and we ought to
lay down our lives for one another” (1 John 3:16).
Could it be that there are people who would die in bold, heroic moments who just don’t
grasp that we must spend the smaller increments of our lives in unselfish, other-directed
events that honor God by serving the people he has placed on our paths? What a
shame that they never developed a concept of serving God by serving men and women
in his image!
You have today’s life capital in hand. Invest it wisely – in small increments of
unselfishness here and there. Or lose it completely.
“So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit
in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10
Ask for grace to live a life worth living.