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.