I love reading about Christian heroes from the past. My favorite are the books we would term “missionary biographies.”  These exciting memoirs usually chronicle the great adventure that follows a commitment to go anywhere and do anything for Christ. To read about people who sacrificed so much, accomplished a ton, and lived with such resolve, is beyond inspiring.

For weeks after reading one of these biographies I would find myself extra motivated to work harder, get more out of my comfort zone, and sacrifice more for the sake of the gospel.

However…

Sometimes, days after my newfound motivation, I find myself experiencing an odd shift in emotions. It almost feels like discouragement. I begin wondering whether I could ever make that kind of difference or have my life amount to that much. When I  compare my life to this hero of the faith I can’t help but feel inadequate. Attaining to that kind of life seems simply impossible.

But every once in a while, a few extremely honest sentences make it into a biography. And when they do, we realize that these people were, in fact, human. They had their struggles, they got tired, relationships were not always perfect…and what often strikes me the most – is that they too were busy with normal, everyday kinds of stuff, some of which might be considered “mundane.” Famous women of the past actually spent crazy amounts of time with tasks like laundry, dishes, cleaning, gardening, farming, sewing…you get the idea. These women who made history were not “above” everyday life, it’s just that the biographies only provide the highlights.

Okay, so you already knew that….Thank you Captain Obvious, right?! But I think there is something we can take from this reminder.

We ought to realize that our life is actually a lot like those who have gone before us and accomplished great things for God. They, like you, and like me, had a lot of normal busyness in their life.  What made them great was their willingness to use the opportunities in front of them for God’s purposes, regardless of the cost.

Like them, our life is made up of moments and choices. We have countless opportunities to do things our way or God’s way. To give or be selfish. To speak truth or keep quiet. To reach out or stay put. To work hard or slack off.  To invest in people or keep to ourselves. To waste time or thoughtfully use it.  And you can be sure that those who made a difference in history capitalized on the opportunities God gave them.

God has placed you at a certain time in history. He put you in the city you live in, in the culture you are surrounded by, and he has given you relationships with specific people. There are opportunities waiting for you. You just need to capture the moments and maximize them. If you have a simple willingness to live for God, you can make a difference right now, right here, today.

Whether or not a memoir is written about us (of course that is not the point!), let’s be women who choice by choice and moment by moment, sacrifice much, accomplish a ton, and live with massive resolve –  and thus truly live “that kind of life.” 


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    4 Comments

  1. Kristin Gomez September 12, 2016 at 7:56 pm Reply

    Thank you for posting this. You write so well Heather. I often feel the same after reading those biographies or even comparing myself to other godly and productive woman. I’m encouraged by the fact that God has made us all different, with different levels of giftedness. I’m must say that you do a lot and not only are you training up 4 girls, but you are pouring into the lives of so many women. You are also making a huge impact as the support to your husband, not to mention your prayers.
    I’m reminding myself to be faithful in the little things.

    Soli Deo Gloria

    • Heather Pace September 18, 2016 at 6:39 am Reply

      Thanks for the encouraging words Kristen! Yes – faithful in the little things! And that you are…as well as many big things! Thankful for YOU Kristen! 🙂

  2. Megan Curtis September 14, 2016 at 8:39 am Reply

    Woaw, Heather. This was so well-written and spoke so completely to thoughts I often have. Thank you for sharing your wisdom on this topic, it has definitely motivated me and encouraged me!

    • Heather Pace September 18, 2016 at 6:41 am Reply

      Great to hear from you Megan! I look forward to seeing how your life continues to be truly great as you faithfully seek to live for the Lord!

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