Over the years, the words of Oswald Chambers have greatly impacted me. For some reason, I feel compelled to share a quote I read this morning and a thought:
“We have a tendency to look for wonder in our experience, and we mistake heroic actions for real heroes. It is one thing to go through a crisis grandly, yet quite another to go through every day glorifying God when there is no witness, no limelight, and no one paying the remotest attention to us. If we are not looking for halos, we at least want something that will make people say, “What a wonderful man of prayer he is!” or “What a great woman of devotion she is!” If you are properly devoted to the Lord Jesus, you have reached the lofty height where no one would ever notice you personally. All that is noticed is the power of God coming through you all the time.”
– Oswald Chambers – “My Utmost for His Highest” Revised Edition
Thinking about it, I recall an early lesson I learned in the Army. It was simply to “do my duty.” Most of the time, the duty (even the cool stuff) wasn’t in sight of anyone. It wasn’t caught on camera, or followed up by an appreciative word, however, at the end of the day I could take pride in having been faithful to the call of service. It’s the same in my daily walk of faith as a Christ-follower. Sometimes God’s working may be visible or it may not be, however Ephesians 6:7 says to do everything “as to the Lord and not men.”
Maybe today as you journey through the Christian life your “backpack” is feeling heavy or the “trail” is getting steep – I encourage you to keep moving…please keep moving. Your fellow soldiers need you. Your family needs you, and lost people looking for hope need you. Remember to keep your eyes on Christ…consider His faithfulness…and soldier on!
For more info on Oswald Chambers and daily devotions, here’s a link: http://utmost.org/