He patiently answered child-like questions mercilessly thrown at her by our 7 year old Robelle. He teasingly joked around with our bundle of energy, 5 year old Mara. And he playfully tickled our chubby ball of fun, 2 year old Franco who kept begging him to tickle him more.
What he did may look ordinary to you but the man who did all these things was far from ordinary.
Yesterday, my family was blessed to have dinner with renowned preacher, song writer and dear friend, Bro. John Keating of the Servants of the Word Lay Brotherhood.
John is one of the pillars of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement instrumental in the establishment of a number of charismatic communities, not to mention having written countless songs for almost four decades, most of which are now considered classics in the renewal circles.
With his celebrity status, John is far from ordinary. But what makes John really great, I believe, is not what he has done in public but who he is in private. And yesterday, over dinner, we had a glimpse of what makes a man really great.
For despite his stature, he didn’t mind horsing around with Mara.
For despite his musical expertise, he patiently listened to Franco’s rendition of “Twinkle Twinkle little star”;
For despite the depth of his spiritual wisdom, he good-naturedly accommodated Robelle’s question on “why are Americans taller than Filipinos”;
Wasn’t Jesus the same way?
In the Gospel of Mark, it says:
“…Taking him in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me’…” (Mark 9:37)
Indeed, God has a different measure for greatness. And I guess John knows it…
The world measures greatness with one’s reputation. God measures greatness with one’s integrity.
The world measures greatness with what the public knows about you. God measures your greatness more with what only you and God know about yourself.
The world measures greatness with the influence you wield. God measures your greatness with how much influence He wields on you.
The world measures greatness with how near you are to your dreams. God measures your greatness with how near you are to heaven.
The world measures greatness with how high you can go. God measures greatness with how low you are willing to go for others.
Today, I encourage you.
Look into your heart and ask yourself: Am I really great in God’s eyes?
Because at the end of it all, your answer to this question is what really matters most.
Have a blessed week ahead, dear friend!