I read somewhere recently an author wrote that “most days are unremarkable”. The more I thought about this, and observed it in my own life, the more depressing this thought became! Days would go by, and I would think, “Man, I was busy today, but the things I did were totally insignificant in the grand scheme of things…” This leads to the question of “What is significant? What is remarkable?” At first, I held a pretty strict set of criteria for these descriptors. But the more I thought about it, I came to the conclusion that every day has potential to be remarkable, but not in the context that you would initially think. Each day, everyone reading this blog has a chance to do something significant – though it may not be something you remember in 5 years. Especially as followers of Christ, we have numerous opportunities each day to make an impression on somebody else that could last a long time.
Realize this first: people across the world have all kinds of different perceptions about Christianity and, often to a harsher extent, Christians. So many people, in the U.S. especially, hold certain prejudices towards Christian beliefs, actions, leaders, etc… and unfortunately, a lot of these prejudices are not completely unfounded. When you have incidents just this year like the hateful actions of Westboro Baptist Church and the ubiquitously scoffed-at rapture prediction of Harold Camping, a large percentage of unbelievers are affected, especially when these stories get such intense media coverage. It’s hard to blame someone for wanting nothing to do with Christianity when there are so many extremists out there blatantly misrepresenting the core teachings of Christ (which, if you didn’t know, are explicitly and exclusively based on love). So what do you do?
Here is the challenge. It is our duty, as (hopefully) genuine followers of Christ’s message of love and peace, to gradually, as best we can, shift the perception of the world to not see Christians, but to see Christ. This is accomplished in one way – emulating the behavior and teaching of Jesus. You can break that down however you want, and everyone is going to have different things to work on in their lives, but at the basic level, we should be practicing love. And this is where we can make each day significant – not necessarily for ourselves, but for someone around us. Maybe you respond graciously to a frustrating situation rather than losing your temper or cursing; maybe you really listen to someone’s problem, and encourage them rather than just responding with your own problem; maybe you speak up against your friends’ gossiping rather than participating in it. These are the opportunities I was speaking of earlier – these are the ways we can potentially make an impact on someone’s life for the better – by showing them Christ. Try to focus on this each day, and you might just find that your days become truly remarkable.
Three Songs to Buy on iTunes This Week:
1. “Forgot Love” by Public Radio
2. “Home Is A Fire” by Death Cab for Cutie
3. “Angels of the Silences” by Counting Crows