This year has been a difficult one for a lot of people. Our prayer lists attest to just how difficult. And yet during Lent especially, our troubles, no matter how huge, seem small because we’re viewing them through the prism of Christ and His challenges. Through God’s prism, and His challenges. Though Mary’s prism and her challenges, and when we see the scope and impact of that on all of humanity, it is overwhelming. It’s humbling. Gratitude and the magnitude of the gift fills us.
I received a link to a Godtube video just before Good Friday. Two women—one singing, one directing a choir of children—were in it. The singer, at the request of her pastor, had rewritten the words of Hallelujah into the Easter story. It touched over 4,000,000 people in four days. This morning, it’s up to over 6,000,000.
The singer had rewritten the lyrics and wrote to the publisher of the original and asked permission to record her version of it. Two years and one day later, she got that permission. She sang the song and in days, it created a firestorm.
Comments on her rendition were that it gave the listener chills. That it brought the listener to tears. What’s significant is the sheer volume of people touched and their reactions—they were moved by her lyrics.
I’m sure as certain that when writing the lyrics, the singer didn’t set out to have such an impact. Her pastor asked her to sing Hallelujah, and she agreed, then thought she should rewrite the lyrics for Easter. So she did. She had no idea what would happen. But it did happen, and her effort serves to remind us that, when called to serve, we have no idea of the potential of our service. We all could impact many others. One doesn’t always know just how far the ripples of an effort will extend.
This, too, is humbling. And it reminds us that in service we bear an enormous responsibility to give our best. For many years, I’ve been asked regarding my books about sales. I don’t worry about them. I do what I can and trust that those who are supposed to read the books will. Yet I hadn’t thought in terms of impact. It encourages me to try harder to make sure the books are readily available. That is part of my best effort.
The point is, regardless of what we do, we all have the potential to impact others, and we never know how many or how deeply. That, to me, is worth remembering.
If you’d like to view the video, you can at: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=0E02FMNU
Of all those people, how many, do you think, gained some new knowledge or insight of the Easter story? Considering the number of times I saw it Tweeted and on Facebook, I’d say a lot.
We can’t measure that, of course, but I do love thinking about the potential. I do love that so many had the opportunity to hear the Easter story–perhaps for the first time.
That too is humbling.