Today was my Gran’s, your great-grandmother’s, birthday, and her fifth birthday spent in Heaven. She would have been 96! She was the most wonderful person – a true Christian and Southern lady in every way – and countless people are better for knowing her, myself included. Kate, she had so much fun with you as a baby and toddler, and Annabeth Margaret, her namesake, she would have absolutely loved you! Gran didn’t leave behind a list of impressive worldly accomplishments, but she touched many, many lives for God’s glory by authentically caring for people and truly living out her faith. Her life is a great reminder of where our true significance really lies.
I wrote a tribute that was read at her funeral, which concluded with this quote:
Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love. – Mother Teresa
I came across another quote earlier today and thought it was so simple and true:
To be significant, all you have to do is make a difference with others wherever you are, with whatever you have, day by day. – John Maxwell
It reminded me of the Vacation Bible School pledge I learned as a child:
I will do the best I can, with what I have, where I am, in Jesus’ name today.
Or, in simplest terms, God’s basic command to us in His Word can be summed up as follows:
Love God. Love people.
So, don’t over complicate success or significance by adhering to the world’s standards. Significance is found in a life lived with true meaning and purpose, which is revealed only in an abiding relationship with the Giver of Life. Be surrendered to Jesus, be intentional, work hard, and you will undoubtedly achieve significance both in this world and eternally. I pray often that each of your lives would be used for significant purposes, both big and small, to His glory.
All My Love,