I just recently heard the titled quote for the first time. That I recall at least.
I was struck at the simplicity of that statement, how true, and simultaneously very broad in scope. He used that inspiration to build his millions. As a mother, wife, daughter, sister, homemaker, homeschool teacher, friend, and the many other roles I play in life I can run a parallel. It is the times when I don’t dwell on the simplicity of the tasks at hand rather dwell on the excellence at which they are done that I can point to success in any of those roles.
Life can so often feel as though it’s tedious, always waiting for the next big celebration or event and missing the common, everyday blessings that face us. As time goes by we look back and sometimes long to go back, whether to enjoy it more, do something different, or just escape. My children have taught me to savor their moments because each day matures them toward the day they will be ready to step out on their own.
So, what does this have to do with Henry Heinz? His family was very important to him, and while I am sure he made mistakes and sometimes chose business over family, it seems that he uncommonly left behind a strong family desiring to carry on the family traditions of excellence in business and life.
How much more should I, a child of God, strive to leave a legacy with my children, and perhaps anyone that my life is allowed to touch. I am by no means an expert home keeper, organizer, cook, planner, teacher, mother… you get the point. I give in to the prodding of my Author, reluctantly I come to the blogging world. As I ask God, “what would I have to share that others could possibly gain from or care about? and I believe His answer came quietly with “what’s in your hand”.
So, there it is, my purpose for this blog: To inspire others and myself to do the common things of life uncommonly well.
Philippians 2:13-16 (NIV)
for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life – in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.