“From childhood we’re told that we can be anything we want to be, do anything we want to do, make of ourselves whatever we dream. We often miss the trees for the forest, looking for ambitious causes instead of actual people God has sent into our lives that moment, hour, day, or year.
Meant to inspire us, this constant message can actually paralyze us with anxiety. … (We are to stay) at our posts to which God has called us: as children, parents, extended family, neighbors, coworkers, and citizens. We need to stop looking for extraordinary callings to give meaning to our lives, which often encourage us to think of others as tools in our self-crafting. It’s not ‘the needy’ who need us, but particular people–many of whom we come across every day. Our neighbor is right in front of us.”
Michael Horton in Ordinary: Sustainable faith in a radical, restless world