The professor of development studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London is a fellow named Guy Standing. I saw a picture of him sitting. (If you have the same sort of warped sense of humor that I do you know what’s coming.) The caption read (wait for it) . . . “Guy Standing Sitting.”
Someone suggested that he was born for that moment.
Well I thought it was funny.
I think we’d all like to think that we were born for some particular moment. Ideally more significant than a silly picture to amuse those with twisted sense of humor, but some moment or event that our whole lives have been preparing us for that will have a lasting impact and value.
The big examples we look to are sporting stars in the big game, or political leaders in times of national crisis, or a soldier’s valour in battle. We could point to great moments in the Bible: David facing Goliath, Moses at the Red Sea, or Abraham with Isaac on the altar. I think most of us at least secretly long for an event in our lives where people might say “you were born for this moment.”
But what if our moment never comes? Or maybe worse, for those who have had such a moment how do they find purpose in the rest of life?
I’ve discovered a verse where God himself defines what that “moment” is – except it’s much more than a moment. In Genesis 18:19 God says it’s to “direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just” He’s speaking of Abraham here, but it’s applicable for all of us.
What this tells me is that as I live my life in submission to God’s plan and purpose and power, every moment is preparing me for the next in order that in those big moments, but especially in the ordinary, everyday routine moments my life counts by showing others the grace and glory of God.
Here’s the really good news, it’s never too late to start living this. Even if you feel you’re life has had little value and impact to this point, today you can begin to live with a real purpose. And as long as you draw breath you’ll have significance.