Sometimes, the life I live doesn’t seem to make all that much sense. I work part-time, I get five out of seven days off from that job, I have public worship on Sundays, and for most of the rest of the time, I’m either procrastinating about writing or writing.
To simplify things to point of boredom, I don’t have a driver’s license, a car of my own or an income more than $300 a payroll, at best. I don’t really have all that exciting a life. But having an exciting life doesn’t make you or me boring people.
Everyone is interesting to somebody. It doesn’t matter what you do, how you talk, how you look, how you act, how you think… people don’t know everything there is to know about you. Sharing even the smallest detail about yourself in a way that inspires others to do good is the biggest thing you can do.
Think about celebrities. There are so many in today’s world. We hear about them all the time and all the things they do and say, whether the media makes those things up about them or not. And yet what do we remember about celebrities that makes us want to do good? If anything, we only feel like judging them and saying to ourselves what not to do.
Why would you want to know what not to do? It’s important to know what not to do, I agree. But to be inundated with what not to do is horrible. And what if your mind doesn’t receive even one of the things you hear about just one celebrity as something not to do? The big things in the lives of celebrities don’t seem to radiate all that much good, do they?
But think about the little things in your normal life that inspire good things. Even if the good things inspired are only feelings, think about them. It’s a powerful thing, a feeling. Great things are driven by human feelings. Great and good things have been driven by them just as much as great and bad things have been so.
We remember many great tyrants like Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolph Hitler because they let their emotions drive their actions. We remember few good men like William Wilberforce and Fred Rogers who let their emotions drive their actions. Yet, emotions aren’t everything. The inspired prophet Jeremiah wrote, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” So, by what measure are good and bad defined so that we may judge what truly is good to be good so that it can be done to inspire more good?
So, learning from the failures of celebrities, those whose careers are driven practically solely by emotion, and the potential power in feelings, we can learn that we must be careful with what comes out of us. And what goes out of us is a version of what comes in us filtered through our worldview. So, control what goes into you by not looking to celebrities but to the good that manages to come out sometimes in others and let that inspire some good (according to the Measure of what good is) to come out of you.
Because being important in the eyes of others is futile, but being important in the hearts of others is forever.