Not the people but their actions engross attention. Portraits have no charm when scenes of stirring interest are set in rivalry with them... If we would impress we must act. The dignity of standing still will never win the prize; we must run for it.It's the same with our Christian life. Faith calls us to action. If we stand still and look good, we may get some attention at first, but to maintain our influence we must act.
This thought is confirmed in Hebrew 12:1,
Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.And in 1 Timothy 6:11-12 (The Message),
Pursue a righteous life--a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses.If we fail to live in certain hope of what God has promised, we get afraid and cling to our lives or our possessions. We don't run.
Don't be afraid. And don't be content to just sit and look good. Run for it.