Jesus takes note

Luk 21:1 — Luk 21:4
As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

So many give their all for the Kingdom in obscurity. No awards. No big conventions in their honor. Others have been applauded on big stages.

But the Kingdom has noticed. When the accolades from the big audiences are over, the king himself will rise and applaud the ones we never knew… but they are the ones who gave their all.

It’s just not that hard

I returned from a funeral celebrating the life of a great lady. Her husband is a tremendous influence in my life. They pastored several churches in Minnesota, and I have the privilege of pastoring a church they served many years ago.

The celebration of life was amazing as we heard from grandchildren about the faithfulness of their grandmother. Grandpa and Grandma prayed for their entire family every day by name. And it’s a good sized family.

She simply loved God and loved people.

It’s just not that hard. We’ve made it so hard by being bitter against the church, or doubting the Bible, or trying to be more “intellectual.” But it’s so simple. And people knew this lady loved Jesus… and wanted to follow that example.

May my life be lived with that kind of joy.

 

The extraordinary in the ordinary

Whenever I get tempted to think about a “significant” life in a way that means more “notoriety,” I will remember by grandmother. We laid her to rest today. She was 98 when she passed from this life to the next.

She invented nothing.

She wrote no books.

She starred in no movies.

She was born when radio, TV, automobile travel, computers, cell phones, and possibly even phones, were all just thought of or LONG into the future. She learned to use a cell phone at the age of 90, but everything else was a mystery to her in our digital age.

Very… ordinary.

And she had four children, ten grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren.

She loved God. She adored her family. She lived loving people.

In that very ordinary life was an extraordinary woman who had dozens and dozens of family members show up for a funeral, along with scores and scores of friends. All knew she loved Jesus and loved them.

In the ordinary we find the extraordinary. A steady life living out what Jesus said to do.

It’s all it takes for ANY of us…