By Steve Moran
Some days I hate browsing Facebook, because I see YOU — yep, I am talking about you if we are Facebook friends — having so much fun. Here is some of what I have seen in the past couple of weeks. Having fun in …
- Lake Tahoe
- Disneyland and Disney World
- Big Fourth of July celebrations with family and friends
And yet …
I know I am being unrealistic. If you were to look at my Facebook feed you would find plenty of photos from Hawaii, Yosemite, road tripping the back roads of Northern California, and hiking through some amazing country.
I was thinking about this, as in feeling a little sorry for myself, while I was preparing my weekly lesson for the fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade kids I teach at my church each week. The main character in that week’s lesson was the Apostle Peter. The teaching material made the point that to the best of scholars’ understanding, Peter never not once traveled more than 30 miles from where he was born, in his entire life. Not only that — he spent a lot of time in jail.
In other words he would have been a complete Facebook fail.
And yet … he is a guy who positively impacted thousands of people’s lives while he was alive, and even today, 2,000 years later, continues to impact the lives of millions.
Don’t get me wrong — I think it is super cool if you want to climb Everest, go to the Titanic (well, maybe not so much this one), travel to every continent or every country in the world. I have chased and continue to chase some of these kinds of goals.
But at the end of the day, what I want to be known for, what gives me the most happiness, is the profound ability to make the lives of other people better. Even this morning I spent an hour washing paintbrushes that got dirty creating an art project for my kids at church. Honestly, cleaning 100 paintbrushes is not all that much fun, but as I cleaned them I could see the faces, the smiles of people who got to contribute to something super special.
I was able to make their lives a little bit better.
I bet some of you have this same jealousy problem. And yet each day you are profoundly making the lives of people better. Remember those lives, tell yourself those stories, because you made a profound difference in the life of someone else today, and you will do it again tomorrow.
There is nothing better than that.