We haven't been destined to greatness, but to goodness.
There's a misconception that I admittedly buy into on a regular basis which is that we must do something great or we've done nothing at all. Framing life in this blaze of glory or bust perspective is riddled with problems waiting to happen ranging from insecurities to selfishness.
There's no quantitative way to measure great. How do you know if you've arrived? If you've done something incredibly well but it isn't recognized beyond your city or even your network, is it still great? Can you build a business worth $1 million or does it have to be over $100 million? Is writing one book enough or do you have to be a bestselling author? The more we pursue the illusive "great" the further it can feel because there will always be someone more accomplished than you (unless your name is Elon Musk...).
One of the principles that I operate on (it's even part of the manifesto for this blog) is:
Even if we can't change the world, we can change someone's world.
The small, unseen acts of grace and kindness have an impact that you may not even see. Do those count as great? I think so.
But it's easy to get caught up in the hype of tech startups and kids in their 20's making millions and think... maybe I have to do that too. And maybe you will. Maybe you ARE destined for what we refer to as "greatness." But it's not for everyone. For some, bandaging scraped knees, taking a shift for an overworked single mother or bringing soup to a sick neighbor is the type of greatness we're called to. A greatness that identifies more with goodness than glory.
As we navigate the Scriptures that illustrate the life of Jesus, we don't have to look far to see that goodness permeates everything He did (especially the great things). And that's what He called us to, isn't it? Goodness. Maybe, instead of being so focused on making my name known or becoming great in the worlds eyes, I should focus on the small acts of goodness for people. That's pretty great.