Mundane Moments or Movie Magic

August 8, 2019 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions, Life Topics

By Robin J. Steinweg –

What if life were reduced to a 90-second movie trailer–the highest moments, best explosions, disasters and funny bits? Would anyone pay money to see it? Would it count for anything?

Let’s see. Born. Dragged by my pony, had to soak the grit off in the tub. Fell in love, married. Hit a deer with the car. Birthed two sons. Gall bladder removed… Wow, even I don’t care to go see it!

So what makes my life count? Certainly not the film-worthy exploits.

I think about what others have done that mattered to me:

*The friend who brought a meal after my dad died—a small thing to her, but huge to me.

*The doctor who, when I was twelve, kindly told me that my wide-set eyes were a sign of beauty—he gave me hope when my peers called me ‘Grubworm’ or ‘Birdlegs.’

*A stranger (a professional musician) who told me in one casual sentence that I was born to make music—and sent me in the direction the Lord wanted me to go.

*Curly-haired, three-year-old Jamie, who hugged my neck the first and only time I met him while waiting in line to see E.T. at a theater—and completely rearranged my heart about wanting a child.

Do these people know that their small, ordinary investments were used by God to change my life?

AUTHOR QUOTE: It’s not the events that create movie magic that matter. It’s the mundane moments—even unintentional acts—performed for others daily, in the name of Christ.

“I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in My name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward” (Mark 9:41 NIV).

About Robin Steinweg

Today’s devotional is by Robin J. Steinweg. Robin’s life might be described using the game Twister: the colored dots are all occupied, limbs intertwine (hopefully not to the point of tangling), and you never know which dot the arrow will point to next, but it sure is fun getting there!


8 Responses to “Mundane Moments or Movie Magic”
  1. Robin, I’m glad you were born for this—to communicate truths in real-life relevant ways that both entertain and inspire. What a blessing you are, and what a blessing this message is!

  2. Lori Lipsky says:

    Our “small, ordinary investments” can make a significant difference in the life of another. Encouragement indeed for those inevitable down times. Thank you for this beautiful reminder, Robin.

  3. Carin LeRoy says:

    Great thoughts. Thanks, Robin.

  4. Robin J. Steinweg says:

    Thank you, Carin. Your thoughts mean a lot!

  5. Vicky Dresser says:

    It is amazing to think that one comment can mean so much, or one kind deed might change a life forever. I particularly enjoyed this because I intend to be more aware of what I say to others in the future. Thank you so much for sharing such personal thoughts.

  6. Robin Steinweg says:

    It sure is, amazing. I’m glad to have your company as I speak and act more intentionally toward others, too, Vicky. Thanks!

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