Christopher Columbus lived an adventurous, astounding, amazing life… but he probably didn’t realize it. Oh, he wanted to attempt fantastic feats of exploration. He desired to discover. But at the end of his life, I’m not sure Columbus fully realized the significance of his life.
For example, Columbus’ life ended with him mostly a lonely and forgotten man. Many discredited his efforts. And in the end, few wanted to be his friend. Most people failed to recognize his significance during during his lifetime. Yet he had inspired and emboldened countless new explorers.
At the end of his life, Columbus thought he had accomplished one amazing thing, when in reality he had accomplished something far different… far greater. He died thinking he had found a way by sea to Asia. But he had really discovered trade winds which led to an area of the world which was on the verge of discovery and development. His trip inspired and informed others, making future explorations possible.
Columbus died not knowing what a significant impact he had made on this world… on those people who would sail in his wake. He may not have been the first to sail westward… He may not have discovered America… He may not have have discovered a westward passage to India… He may not have found great riches… But he made an impact the likes of which few ever accomplish.
Or do they?
In Matthew 26, the account is recorded of a woman crashes a dinner party where Jesus is and pours expensive perfume… probably the most expensive and precious object she owned… on His head. Some people complained that it was a waste of money. Some people misunderstood her. Most did not realize her significance. But Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed.”
I’m sure that woman Matthew wrote about didn’t realize what a big deal she was at the time… kind of like Columbus… kind of like you.
I’m guessing that, even as you read this, you truly do not comprehend the significance of your life. You probably do not realize that you are impacting the lives of so many people in such a big way. You most likely have no clue about what your real accomplishments are.
People may not recognize your contribution right now. Sail on anyway! You may not be as popular as someone else. Be adventurous and make discoveries anyway. You may not get everything right, but choose to live your life to the fullest for the Lord. And there will come a day down the road… perhaps when you are old or have passed on… when people will tell the stories of your greatness and you will be remembered for all that you achieved.
And for those who have poured the perfume on the head of our Savior, there will be a day when we are rewarded as well as remembered.