In Hebrews 11, person after person is named that we know about through the Old Testament are held up as stupendous examples of what they were able to be & do because of their strong faith in God & His ability to sustain them & take care of them.
And then there are these verses at the end of the chapter...
35b But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free.
They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection.
36 Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips.
Others were chained in prisons.
37 Some died by stoning,
some were sawed in half,
and others were killed with the sword.
Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated.
38 They were too good for this world,
wandering over deserts and mountains,
hiding in caves and holes in the ground.
Perhaps it would be good for us to think about this possibility...
All those people with great faith mentioned in Hebrews 11 were people who were the exception, not the rule.
Those 4 verses at the tail end of Hebrews 11 were the rule back then.
I think sometimes we think are lives are supposed to be stupendous as those people mentioned by name in Hebrews 11.
But we all live far less glamorous or famous lives.
We spend our lives simply believing in Jesus & trusting in God's ability & desire to take care of us.
And in subtle or not so subtle ways we think our lives are meaningless because they aren't lived like those outstanding people mentioned in Hebrews 11.
Our lives, all lives, are just as important as those held up as the living examples of faith in action.
We simply live from day to day, being & doing as He leads &/or commands, with little to no recognition, & expecting no recognition.
Let's remember that our lives matter just to God & His overarching plan for humankind just as much as the life of Abraham, Noah, Enoch,or any of the others mentioned.