There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things. ~Dwight L. Moody~
I’ve been thinking a lot about this quote lately. With celebrity of every shape and size so readily accessible today, the siren call is to compare the work the Lord has given us with the work He has chosen to give another. But it’s trap. A terrible trap that we cannot afford to give into.
We cannot afford to wish that we had the
bestseller status of Karen Kingsbury
the pulpit of Joel Olsteen
the controversy of Rob Bell
the twitter followers of Ashton Kutcher
the platform of the Women of Faith
the comedic knack of Anita Renfroe
the ministry reach of ____________ (whoever owns the blog you’re stalking…)
We think that in order to do anything important we must reach some unseen level in the unseen hierarchy. If only I can reach X, then I can really do something for God. It’s just not true. It’s the little things that really matter. Our daily obedience before Him.
Will we tend the land that He gave to us even if the plot is small? Even if it’s dusty and dry and labor-some? Will we trust that our purpose isn’t diminished simply by the size of the task that He’s given us. Will we choose to believe that even though our work looks small it is no less vital to God’s heart?
The truth is, our purpose, our destiny, our great joy can simply be in serving Him. In following Him wherever He leads. So if He asks us to quietly go sweep the floors of His kingdom, will we pick up the broom and sweep to the best of our ability as an offering to Him?
I’ve been sweeping floors. For quite some time. Attending to the tasks He’s given me. But there is a pouring out of myself in the process (isn’t that what should always be happening? Less of me, more of Him?) I am so grateful for not one, but two book contracts that have come my way in the last few months. But neither will bear my name. So while I am grateful for the good and honest work that will help support the precious family I have, it’s just not the same. I will do the work and labor, and my name will not be on either of the covers. It is what it is.
I will choose to follow Him, even if I am to remain small. Obscurity is not a punishment. I think it can even be a blessing. It’s all in the way we are willing to see it. And if we really believe that the Lord is weaving together a magnificent plan, then we must also know that we cannot see the whole picture, we cannot see how vital our part and portion is. Only He can. So sweep away. In faith. In obedience. And in honor of the One who knows the beginning from the end.
Here’s to being small,
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