04 Dec Making it Big!
What are your dreams? Do you have some place you are aiming to go? Something you want to do? It can be as drastic as wanting to be the next man on the moon or as simple as wanting to find a job. What are you aspiring for in your life right now?
So the big question: How do we get there?
I’ve been chewing on this question for quite a long time, as God has also given me aspirations and dreams. The more and more I think of the “how-to” process, the more I keep coming to the same realization: The SMALL THINGS are the big things. You want to be excellent with much? Then be excellent with little. I have found that this can be one of the most challenging but most simple truths. This verse says it best:
“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. (Luke 16:10 NASB)
Think about this: have you ever found yourself in possession of something that wasn’t yours? Like an item on the bottom of the shopping cart you realized you never did pay for? What did you do when you noticed it? Did you take it back and make it right, even though it was freezing outside? Or did you just continue along? After all, it wasn’t that big a deal, right? I say this because I am guilty of it, and see now the true significance to not overlook even something of this size. It’s not a small thing to me anymore. I want to be a trustworthy person, and I know that if I saw someone consistently caring about the responsibility of things that didn’t belong to them when they easily had the opportunity not to care at all, my ability to trust them with things deeper in my heart would be much easier. Wouldn’t the same be true for you with others? On a little deeper note, the same is true about gossip. How do I talk about another person when they aren’t around? It may tickle my ears for a moment, but I’m only hurting myself in engaging in that conversation because it shows those around me that I am not trustworthy to hold my tongue in talking about THEM when they aren’t around. This may seem a little straightforward, but again I say it because I have seen it in my own life and want to continue fighting it!
I want to challenge you to not overlook the little things today. Be responsible with the things you have been given. Don’t give up! Be kind to the people around you. Give them the benefit of the doubt. No matter who they are (or what they have done), decide to forgive. Don’t judge. Be patient. Be honest…and the list goes on. These are all things we know reflects the character of Jesus, the One we so deeply want to be like and share with others. So let’s examine ourselves right now. Have I been forgiving people as Jesus commands me? Have I been walking in stride with His heart? How can I do this better?
“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18
One more thing before I close. An even greater reality I have been seeing, is that as we value the small things, they BECOME our joy! For me, these are slowly becoming my biggest goals even! More than the physical goals. When I really think about it, at the end of my life, I would much rather be able to say that I learned to trust God, that I learned how to be patient, that I learned how to be courageous, than to have met all my “goals”. I get so tired of messing up – but what I can’t get enough of is seeing the transforming work God has done in my heart! The moments I look back and can say, “My! How I have been changed!” 🙂
The small things ARE the big things.
Praying for you in this pursuit today!