A Reflection from the Director of Spiritual Development, Bruce Osborn
Throughout history, and even in our lifetime, mankind has witnessed moments and events in which the world deems remarkable. These are times when something special has occurred, planned or unplanned. They are, as we might agree, remarkable. Memorable. Occasions documented in history for the generations to come.
Neil Armstrong, on July 21, 1969 became the first person to step onto the surface of the moon. Remarkable. The Berlin Wall was destroyed on November 9, 1989. A world changing event that millions watched unfold on television. In 1903 the Wright brothers launched us into the age of aviation, and the world would become much smaller as a result. Definitely a remarkable achievement and a memorable moment. So many historical achievements that we could classify as remarkable. Too many to chronicle in the brevity of a blog. But I think you get the idea.
We tend to cheat ourselves, unknowingly I might add, by living our lives in the space between the remarkable, anticipating that the next memorable moment will breathe energy into our mundanity. And before we know it, while we wait, our children grow up. Parents, who shaped and molded our lives are no longer with us. The perfect career path we worked so hard to achieve evaporates. And we find ourselves searching for the next remarkable moment, the next high, only to be left disappointed because the remarkable only truly happens very few times in the span of a life.
Unless you allow your perception of what’s remarkable to be redefined.
Could it be that today your life is comprised of remarkable moments that slip past your frame of reference undetected? The laughter of a child. The unexpected phone call from a friend you haven’t heard from in years. The prayer offered on your behalf from a colleague who has been a friend in difficult times. The welcome you receive in your home after a long day at work. You see, life is full of the remarkable, we just have to reframe our focus. Sure, walking on the moon is memorable, but so is the love you feel from those closest to you. And what about that sunrise you witness on your way to the office many days? Beautiful! It’s those kind of remarkable moments that will breathe energy into your commonplace, if you just let it.
Your life is remarkable because it is a gift from God. And the events that will fill your life today are special. No, they are truly remarkable! They may not make the evening news, nor will they be recorded in the annals of history, but they are extraordinary nonetheless. And those moments are memorable for you. Don’t be caught up in anticipating the next event the world might say is noteworthy, because you have the remarkable at your fingertips. Let those experiences serve as a reminder of the special gift of life you have been given by Jesus, the author of remarkable himself.
Now that’s truly a remarkable story worth telling!
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”
Jesus’ words in John 10:10