When we think about how we are doing as a human being, as a disciple of Jesus, it is tempting and easy for us to think of our best moments. Or our worst. When we think about the example we set for others, we are likely thinking of the highlights, the big moments “on stage”, the times when it was clear something important was going on.
But the big moments don’t happen in a vacuum. And the way we act in the big moments is partially a manifestation of who we are and how we live day by day.
Even more important, the “small” decisions we make – the way we treat strangers in innocuous situations, the way we respond to our spouse, the way we move and live on a consistent basis, is all vitally important. Most of the examples we set will be the result of behavior we are largely unaware of, subconscious action born out of the patterns and consistency of our everyday behavior.
We cannot wait for a “big” moment to suddenly show who we are. We have to show it in the “small moments”. Those daily decisions, the actions of each moment, reveal where we have placed our hope and whom we serve.