Tuesday: 9th October, 2018
Reference text: Galatians 1:16-24
Galatians 1:22-23 I was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ: But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.
‘A person’s actions are what dominates history, not their appearance’: this may sound rather controversial but permit an example. Until just over a month ago, I had been a part of a network of believers: the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Prayer network in Europe for about 3 years and had no idea what the faces of most members looked like. Our meetings on Skype, which had been very impactful, were voice specific. Thus, even though it was a delight to put names and voices to faces at our first conference, it was the actions during the years we had not met in person that laid this foundation.
Saint Paul’s letter to the Galatians, read today, is what triggered the opening statement. In writing, he mentions how the churches had no idea of what his face looked like, but knew what he had done: his deeds, went before him. In no way however, do I endorse his persecution of God’s church, but his words only go on to buttress the opening statement of this reflection: ‘History mentions appearance, but records actions’.
In the book of Samuel, while multiple chapters mention the deeds of Saul and David, only a single verse each described their appearance: Saul as ‘a handsome man in the prime of life’ and David as a ‘healthy, good-looking boy with a sparkle in his eyes’ (1 Sam. 9:2, 16:12). Therefore, neither of them is remembered by their good looks, but by their actions while they lived.
I don’t know how these words sound to you today, but from the little I have read, history tends to mention people for the things they did, not just for how they looked. Many have no idea who key players in history are, but there are multitudes who know about their deeds. My dear, your face should not be what people remember, it is your name and what you stand for that should matter because that, is what history will remember as your legacy.
Remember # Your face could be unknown by others, but your good deeds should.