The movie Hardball debut in 2001. Keanu Reeves portrays a wayward coach to a group of misfit little league players in Chicago. In one of the final scenes, Reeves turns to the players and says this:
What I’ve learned from you is that really one of the most important things in life is showing up. I’m blown away by your ability to show up through everything that’s gone on.
The ability to show up communicates a powerful message. Think of your childhood. Whether you played sports, performed in recitals, or displayed your art pieces, you will remember those who showed up. Those individuals took the time to not only say, but they visibly showed you they believed in you.
Most people can come up with a million excuses not to show up. Don’t get me wrong, we need to setup healthy boundaries. But possibly the greatest difference you can make in someone’s life is simply showing up. Perhaps, our greatest example comes from Christ. The Incarnation is the theology of “showing up.” The Son of God made Himself present to us (Philippians 2:5-11).
How are you showing up for others today?