Dream big. Go big or go home. Think bigger. Bigger is better.
Big gets lots of glory, doesn’t it? And it makes sense. Big is what catches the eye. It seems these days, things have to be big to merit shifting our dwindling attention spans, even for a second.
But big has felt a little like a bully lately. It’s felt more like an unreasonable boss than like a friend. I think we’ve forgotten that big things always start small. Big things that have lasting value are created from small things.
I sense a calling—not one I thought of or even hoped for—but there has been a message on repeat that I believe God wants you and I to receive.
Embrace small. Do small well. Enjoy the gift of smallness and small things.
It’s so engrained in us to shoot up quickly. To take a short cut past the maturing/growing stage and go straight for look-at-me grandeur. But big, beautiful trees grow slowly. They start small. They start as seedlings, buried and invisible under the soil. And that’s ok—in fact, it’s necessary.
During that time, our roots grow. We learn what’s most important to us. We learn Who our Source is—where our nutrients and water come from. Where life if found. We must dig deep before we can reach high.
And slowly, but surely we grow. We begin sprouting up as we honor God in all the sacred small things. We tend to our relationship with Him by spending time in His Word and in prayer daily. We care for our families in the million little ways that each day presents. We find small ways to use our spiritual gifts. Nothing huge and fancy to start. No fan-fare needed. We serve and honor God in our obedient smallness, and joy follows as we see His Hand in it.
We pay attention to the details at work, and do it as if God Himself was our boss. We love our spouses as ourselves and find ways to bless them daily. We call out good and correct the not-so-good in our children and do our best to point them to the path everlasting.
We often fail, but we get back up. We do our best while it is still today.
Our days are made up of so many “small” things. But they become something big. This is how we grow.
We can’t leap past small to get to big. Our focus, our energy must go to the beautiful smallness of everyday life. Anything beyond that is in the Hand of our Big and Trustworthy God.
He’ll decide where to plant us, and for what reason, and what kind of fruit we’ll produce—ultimately, how all of our small obediences will form big results. He’ll decide what the big results will be. They may not look the way we imagined, and we probably won’t see all of them while we’re here. All we have control of are the small yes’s we say to Him everyday.
So these days I am bringing my eyes lower. Looking at what’s in front of me, within my reach.
How can I honor You here, God? Show me how to enjoy and excel in the small things that are before me today. Help me to not despise them or grow weary of doing them, but instead let me savor them. Let me enjoy them. Let me find rest in the fact that it’s not all on me. Thank You for helping me and being with me in the small details of my everyday life.
Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. – Zechariah 4:6
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, – Zechariah 4:10a