After the many year end best-of lists that include the best books, movies, sports plays, songs, albums, political blunders, and on and on followed closely by New Year’s hopes and dreams and resolutions and plans, I am wondering what’s wrong with ordinary, everyday life?
Leadership expert John Maxwell notes that we should have a rule of 5–meaning this, what 5 things do we do everyday to make progress. Paul Tripp, an author and itinerant speaker, says that we have only 5-7 major events that happen to us in our lifetime, but most of life comes at us in the “10,000 everyday moments” or the ordinariness of getting up, interacting with people, creating stuff, dealing with our emotions, the weather, traffic, figuring out what to eat, when to go to bed.
As the new year dawns, both Maxwell and Tripp remind us all that a large part of extending grace, exercising leadership, and executing great ideas is simply showing up–every day.
Getting up, listening to people, eating well, getting rest, stewarding resources well, loving people, proper hygiene, dealing with the unexpected and unknown, using a pleasant phone voice, not tearing people down on social media, paying attention, and then doing it all over again the next day.
Amidst the rhetoric to do something big, extraordinary, world changing, and life altering, my contention more and more is that none of this happens without simply showing up–every single day. Bring your A game–every day. Treat people well–every day. Produce more than you consume–every day. Repent often–laugh hard–make someone else’s life better—every day.
To do this over many years will truly impact the world—Jesus, before being the itinerant preacher/teacher for 3 years, showed up every single day–perfectly loving others and perfectly doing nothing profound, but extremely important. And the fruit born out of this ordinary, day by day life, came to change human history. Which, when you think about it, is kind of a big deal after all….