Meditations After Saying Goodbye

Yesterday I attended the funeral of my friend John Weber. If you have read the last two posts you will not be surprised to learn that it was amazing. All five of the Weber children shared remembrances about their Dad. One particular saying that John favored made its way into several of their recollections.

“Don’t strive for spectacular. Strive for faithfulness.”

Today’s post will be mercifully short. Meditate on that simple thought. God isn’t impressed with spectacular skills and talents.

Paul wrote some words to the Philippian church that seem like they could have come from John Weber as final thoughts before his homecoming.

Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. (Philippians 2, NLT)

None of us will run the race in vain if we remember to strive for faithfulness every day.