I must confess, that I don’t live up to ideals.

I am flawed and sadly do not live up to a noble ideal as set forth by secular and sacred saints alike.  Fortunately, I was nudged out of my sleep when I read a brief story in the Orange County Register this week.  A humble janitor worked for years to obtain a degree at Columbia in the Classics at his school and he finally received it.  When asked about the feat, he gave a very wise answer, citing the Roman philosopher and statesman Seneca.  The janitor/classicist Gac Filipaj said, “I love Seneca’s letters because they’re written in the spirit in which I was educated in my family — not to look for fame and fortune, but to have a simple, honest, honorable life,” he said.

There is so much wisdom in that approach.  I was reminded by Filipaj to not pursue fortune and fame.  Instead, I ought to aim to live a humble, simple life, one that is marked in humility and honor.  I do not have to make any waves, instead I need to pursue after the Lord and be content where I am at in my life.  I need to be faithful in my life and it is through that faithfulness that others will be impacted.

I was reminded by Seneca and Paul (I Thessalonians 4:11) to be honest and to live quietly.  It is OK to not be listed in the pages of a book years from now.  I must learn to be faithful in the little areas that God has provided for me to be faithful in.  I must be a man of honor and fidelity to the Lord, through a simple, honest, and honorable life.

Be faithful and live an honorable life.  The Lord will see that and bless you because of it.