I cannot get away from the simple three words that continue, not haunt me (although it feels that way sometimes because they are everywhere), but follow me. No matter what I read through scripture, through this book, through conversation with others, through the message at church. I can’t get away from them.
It. All. Matters.
It’s that simple.
Two things struck me in this chapter. The first was an incredibly long sentence that was even more impactful because it was only one sentence I think. It was actually a quote from N.T. Wright, from his book Surprised by Hope:
Every act of love, gratitude, and kindness; every work of art or music inspired by the love of God and delight in the beauty of his creation; every minute spent teaching a severely handicapped child to read or to walk; every act of care and nurture, of comfort and support, for one’s fellow human beings and for that matter one’s fellow nonhuman creatures; and of course every prayer, all Spirit-led teaching, every deed that spreads the gospel, build up the church, embraces and embodies holiness rather than corruption, and makes the name of Jesus honored in all the world – all of this will find its way, through the resurrecting power of God, into the new creation that God will one day make.
Do you see it? It all matters. And not only does it all matters, but it all matters in a big way, in an eternal way. I kind of like to do things big, in a big way, and can find myself stressing or being frustrated with myself for not accomplishing that. My friend Caleb once told me, “We can only do what we can do. God will work out the rest.” It has stayed with me since he said it (and this was with him in Haiti and me in Target with a one-year-old son who wouldn’t stop yelling, “Mom! Mooom! MOOOOM!” So the message had to be powerful to get through – ha ha!).
And it keeps getting repeated over and over and over through various channels and mediums. God can take the small and turn it into big, turn it into forever. It’s kind of humbling to think about. And kind of awesome. We can make a big difference no matter the status of our checkbook, title on the business card, or the name embroidered on our shirt, whether children have let us shower and we look into the mirror at the end of the day and think, “What did I even accomplish today?” – if even one act of kindness, a moment in prayer, anything to love on others and further the gospel happened throughout the hectic, hurried day – you, we, just left our fingerprint on eternity.
Here’s number 2. Pastor Ourng (his picture is above). His then church of 83 people, teaching, trying to gain understanding through only the Bible. Longing for other resources when I have everything I want at my fingertips. Just speaking with a friend this weekend about a book she recommended and I have it on my list. One I can download at a moment’s notice onto my Kindle. I take that for granted. It is something to be cherished.