A statement that has had a significant impact on my thoughts and actions the past year comes from Eugene Peterson.
“The way of Jesus is always local and ordinary”
It is local in that we are to serve and love those who are local to us; in other words those who are right in front of us throughout the day.
And the way of Jesus is ordinary in that it does not have to be spectacular. It is simple. It is a cold Coke for the trash men. It is a good tip for the Sonic carhop. It is a sincere “thank you for serving us” to the flight attendant. It is taking the time to listen to the neighborhood kids. It is praying for those who God brings to the forefront of our minds throughout the day.