On January 15, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger guided US Airlines Flight 1549 to an emergency landing in the Hudson river in New York City. All 155 people on board the plane survived and Sullenberger is being hailed as a hero.
Sullenberger’s wife, Lorraine, at a homecoming celebration for the hero in their home town in California, said with tears in her eyes, “I have always known him to be an exemplary pilot. I knew what the outcome would be that day because I knew my husband. But mostly for me, he’s the man that makes my cup of tea every morning.”
Now that’s a true hero. A man who makes his wife a cup of tea every morning. And it wouldn’t surprise me that he serves his wife in a thousand other ways.
Most of us won’t ever do anything as monumental as plopping a jetliner onto the Hudson. Most of us will live rather ordinary lives. At least from a worldly point of view. But believers can live glorious lives as we faithfully walk in the works God has prepared for us, be they ever so ordinary and unremarkable.
Jesus said that if we give a cup of water to a disciple we’ll be rewarded. If we receive a child in his name he takes special note. Jesus said a poor widow who gave her last penny gave more than all the rich who gave out of their abundance. Most Christians’ lives are made up of thousands of small, faithful acts of service which glorify Jesus more than we know.
Like my friends Bob and Twila. For the past twenty-two years they’ve been foster parents to 43 children, and adopted 6. How many thousands of acts of kindness and service have Bob and Twila done that only Jesus remembers?
For the past 2 years, Twila has been battling cancer. She’s been in the hospital a lot. And many nights, Bob, who drives a coal truck, comes in after work at 8 at night, stays with Twila till 2 a.m., then quietly heads out into the darkness for another day on the road.
A true hero is a servant. He makes his wife a cup of tea every morning. Ordinary. Faithful. Incredible.
photo: Daily News