I've been reading a lot of biographies lately. I read about Steve Jobs. I read about C.S. Lewis (twice). I read about Washington, Wilberforce, Bonhoeffer, Chuck Colson, Eric Liddell, Jackie Robinson, and Pope John Paul II. And I read about Louis Zamperini.
All of these men lived incredible lives. They achieved things most only dream of.
But those biographies don't tell the whole story. They only cover the major moments.
But the big events aren't the ones our lives (or theirs) are made of. Our lives consist of big events separated by long stretches of the mundane.
Steve Jobs' life was that way. As was Washington's and Wilberforce's and even C.S. Lewis'. Our problem is that looking back, we only see their major events. The biographies never talk about the mundane in the middle.
But that’s where we live. That’s where we grow. That’s where we learn the necessary skills and information to make the big things happen.
If that’s true, why don't we embrace the middle? Why do we constantly look forward and backward rather than be present in the now?
Our problem is that we crave adventure. We long to be remembered. And those mundane moments won’t be what we’re remembered for.
What we don't realize is that what we do in the mundane middle determines what happens on the mountain tops. C.S. Lewis isn't remembered for the books he read, but the books he read formed the books he wrote. William Wilberforce isn't remembered for the hours he spent in prayer, but the hours he spent in prayer made ending the slave trade possible.
Don't despise the day to day. Use the time in the middle to make the mountains that much more incredible.