what I’m learning about showing up
I’m learning that it is so much harder than it sounds. I’m learning that it requires great effort without immediate results.
In the Town of Six Traffic Lights, as best as I can remember, I saw a small, yet strong community of people who showed up. Majority of them were farmers. They took little time off. Even when their family went on vacation to the beach, they often stayed back. People in my town (and I dare say, people in my culture and the 1990s) graduated, secured a job and stayed in that job. The pharmacist got her degree, returned to the community and served the people. The doctor moved to town, opened up his practice and served the people. My school teachers juggled home life, community life, social life, and school life until retirement. I witnessed a culture, a community who showed up every day, not seeing results immediately, but eventually.
Yet the farmer’s seeds became bounty.
And the pharmacist and doctor gained trust and clients and patients.
Even the teachers gave us knowledge to stand upon. (Ms. Caldwell, Mrs. Williamson, I am the product of your showing up!)
But what if you don’t want to show up? What if you’re fed up, exhausted, so over this?
One of our kids is showing up every day for practice, not knowing if he’s going to get any playing time.
Ben shows up to write a message, delivers it on Sunday, and shows up to write another for Sunday comes again.
A friend of mine keeps getting up and loving her kids though she lost one too soon.
Another friend keeps loving his family in the smallest of ways because that’s all he’s got the strength to give right now.
A close friend is walking circles around a piece of property, believing God to provide.
My mom and dad show up to take care of my aging grandfather.
I’m learning that on the days I don’t feel like showing up, the world still goes on. But it goes on without my contribution. It goes on without my faith.
Big or small, our contribution matters. I’m learning that showing up is how we build something great. Showing up says I’m going to do my part, no matter the size. Today and the next day after that. This isn’t about taking a break. This is about not giving up, not letting something significant feel insignificant.
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