Reflections on Moses #2: Significance
Madonna, American singer-songwriter, said in a Vanity Fair magazine:
“All of my will has always been to conquer some horrible feeling of inadequacy. I’m always struggling with that fear. . . . My drive in life is from this horrible fear of being mediocre. And that’s always pushing me, pushing me. Because even though I’ve become somebody, I still have to prove that I’m Somebody. My struggle has never ended and it probably never will.”
We all search for significance.
We may search for significance through a job or career. Or by helping others in need. Or having lots of money. Or influencing people. Or having children. Or building relationships.
We may feel like we have to prove ourselves to others. Or attain and uphold certain standards. Or achieve success and avoid failure.
Having purpose and direction and value is having a life worth living.
Moses was significant in giving us the Ten Commandments. Stated positively and simply:
(1) Worship the one true God. (2) Make God number one. (3) Reverence God and his name. (4) Keep God’s day holy. (5) Honor your parents. (6) Respect all life as sacred. (7) Be faithful to your spouse. (8) Respect others’ property. (9) Be honest and truthful. (10) Be content with what you have.
Moses had just spent 40 days in the presence of God receiving these Commandments. He was excited about them.
But not everybody appreciated it. He didn’t get many favorable reviews. In fact, the people had already given up on him and began to follow a golden calf, a god they could see.
Yet no matter how he felt, who he was and what he did was significant.
His name goes down in history as the leader who gave God’s law to Israel. And he provided us with a spiritual and moral basis for life that is just as relevant today.
You and I won’t produce anything that comes close to the Ten Commandments. But as we walk with God, like Mother Teresa said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
The big things and the small stuff: It all matters. It all makes a difference. It all has significance.
And we don’t have to prove ourselves to anybody or anything. We are loved by God.
Like Moses our significance comes from living in God’s love, living for God and for others, and doing all things with great love.
~ Pastor Dave