Driving to work, listening to talk radio and feeling engaged by comments about how insignificant we are when viewed from a “cosmic” perspective. Maybe I watch too much science fiction, or read too many comic books, or just didn’t pay enough attention to those more educated than myself, but physical existence is at least partially governed by time. That is, nothing in physical form lasts, no matter how large or small. So I must reconsider significance from a “temporal” view. Terms like “now”, “always”, “never”, and “forever” would be of far greater use in defining existence and the significance of same. Not so much how tiny we are, but how integral – a part of reality – we are, that without our presence this reality could not exist, the “right now” that we experience moment by moment.
As the story goes, a little girl was on the beach. A recent storm had washed many starfish up onto the sand, and she was picking them up, one by one, and taking them back to the water to throw them in. An adult passer by stopped her and said “Look how many starfish there are. You can’t help them all” to which she replied “mabe not, but I just helped that one!”
At times it may seem we are overwhelmed, or won’t make much difference anyway, but I find that thinking to be my pride and ego at large. If I practice kindness and respect, I may be able to help someone, and if I do it to honor God, I am being used by Him to build a better “now” for someone, the one I am here to help right now. That is all the significance I need, and it is eternal. It is God expressing Love in us, through us, and to us.