A football match goes on for 90 mins, but we summarise it with the goals scored, or the chances that might have been goals. But watching the goals is not the same as living through the match.
I did used to like the luxury of sitting through a whole grand prix, but alas no more. I shall have to settle for the highlights, but that is not a lot more satisfying than actually reading the story of what happened.
If all you ever watch are highlights, you don’t get to appreciate the cleverness of tactics, the cheeky brilliance of startling moves, the sheer frustration of effects of bad weather, the perseverance and stamina of the athletes.
(An a similar tack, do people listen to a whole cd of music, like they listened to lps? You couldn’t skip tracks then. That meant that ‘the Great Gig in the Sky’* eventually got appreciated, and because I am familiar with Revolution 9**, even that seems like an old friend, though what an effort to listen to initially!)
Occasionally you meet people who want the Christian life to be just made up of ‘highlights.’ I think it should be, but when we go searching for them, our Christian life becomes artificial. We are called to love, and live out generous lives, and expect God to bless all we do, however ordinary.
If you need to, stop looking for highlights, and find them wherever you look!
* a track from Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ that had no lyrics, but a shouty/screamy voice. Felt like you’d been short-changed at first!
** a track from the Beatles’ White Album, made up voices, sound effects, and very long!