The Small Stuff.
I’ve spent a lot of my life focusing and gearing up for the big things in life. College education, graduate school, getting married, having a child, job and career changes. It’s a lot when I stop and think back to those things. Over time I have developed new approaches to making those big decisions, but in the last couple of weeks I have come to a profound, life changing realization.
It’s really all about the small things.
Check this scripture:
24 There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise:
25 Ants—they aren’t strong,
but they store up food all summer.
26Hyraxes—they aren’t powerful,
but they make their homes among the rocks.
27 Locusts—they have no king,
but they march in formation.
28 Lizards—they are easy to catch,
but they are found even in kings’ palaces. Proverbs 30:24-28 (NLT)
All these animals are small, yet seemingly live life in a large reality. Is it because they make great strategic life decisions? No it’s because they focus on the small things. And it’s not just attention to detail. It’s about contentment with your allotment in life. It’s about putting away the plans you have created for yourself and responding to the opportunities presented before you.
Especially in light of a really big God.
Check this scripture out:
20 “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17:20 (NLT)
Brutal. Jesus kind of gets on the disciples after they attempted to cast out a demon. My best guess is that they guys (disciples) felt that they had seen Jesus do this a number of times so you just repeat the formula. But guess what…it didn’t work. The lesson? Everything begins and ends with faith. Faith is hoping in something you can’t see or explain. Faith is trusting that what you believe to be true really is TRUE.
Over the last few weeks I have been organizing a team for a trip to Africa. This is the first time I have ever lead a trip like this, let a lone an international trip. I’m in way over my head. And God keeps showing me in the small things it is all about my faith. If I have just a little…it can and will be done.
How small is your faith?