Thursday, August 15, 2013
“No ticker-tape parades for us,” yet masses wait for people like you and me
But of course! I say now, on this side of those years on the mission field.
Thanks to perspective and hindsight, I can state that most missionaries are just ordinary, everyday people who gave of themselves—their talents, their time, careers, and resources.
Even though I had the privilege of working alongside a handful of missionaries who are or were legends in their own time—individuals known around the world for their rare gifts of intellect and faith—I also worked alongside hundreds of common folks serving humbly in their little corners of responsibility, and they, too, made a huge—even eternal—impact.
Yes, God can use our seemingly smallest, most ordinary acts to bless others, sometimes in astounding, life-changing ways.
Leo Buscaglia explains it this way:
“The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around.” (Leo Buscaglia; emphasis mine)
And when all is said and done, isn’t that what sharing God’s love is all about?
What a privilege!