Small May Be Big Enough

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Bigger is always better.

Big and little

“Photo by Peter J. Markham, Loretto, MN”

We’ve all heard it. Many of us have tried living it.

I’m not sure we’re ever taught that belief, but most of us learn it at a young age. We grab for the largest present. Appreciate the tallest tree. Go after the fattest paycheck.

I am no different. I always wanted to purchase the biggest horse, own a large acreage, and make a huge difference in the world. I still do–want all three.

However, the truth is bigger isn’t always better. Some of the best things come in small packages. That prized ring you cherish. The small church group you’re apart of.  And of course the tiny babe wrapped in swaddling clothes whose birth we’ll soon be celebrating .

Nevertheless, the pressure is on to achieve big. To have the dream job, to do it all, to affect change in a significant way in the lives of many.

I find the pull for bigness in my writing and speaking ministry. I catch myself gauging my worth by how many blog subscribers I have or how many Twitter followers or Facebook friends. This is a dangerous path to walk down.

What God calls us to, He equips us for. Burnout happens when we extend ourselves beyond what we are equipped for. We aren’t all called to a ministry to many.

We aren’t all supposed to have a book published, a national (or international) speaking platform, or a mega-following. We aren’t all meant to be the CEO of a corporation, a world-renowned surgeon, or a household name.

Some of us are called to unwrap the small presents. (←Tweet this!)

A ministry to one is no less important than a ministry to many. Just ask that one. If you are reaching 10 people through your blog, that’s 10 who may not hear the good news otherwise. Look how the Christian church spread–word of mouth beginning with 12 disciples and a handful of other followers.

Never sell yourself short. In God’s economy the least becomes the greatest. Don’t fall into the trap of seeing worth only in the big. Small may be big enough. (←Tweet this!)

The least will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am Yahweh; I will accomplish it quickly in its time (Isaiah 60:22).

Share in the Discussion: Do you buy into the thought that bigger is always (or usually) better? Have you been striving to do big when God is calling you to smaller? What blessings have you seen in the littler things?

Linking with Ann Voskamp for my Joy Dare list  for Multitude Mondays (#1098–1118, read them all by clicking here):

  • A working computer; Healthy children; God’s grace for one day at a time
  • Hubby’s “procedure” a success; Freedom 2 question our country’s leaders; Lovely worship songs sung by our highschool
  • Long walk in woods on lovely morning; Quietly falling leaves; Singing “All Things Are Possible” in choir rehearsal
  • My nearly nonverbal daughter “singing” with me: “la, la, la” :); Hubby feeling better; Time to write
  • 16 yr old choosing Candyland over Cribbage so his sister could play; Sweet innocence of children; Online dictionary
  • Working alongside many smiling faces at All-State auditions; Blessing of music; Rachel speaking French(?)–Oui!
  • Day of … Praise; Apple pies; Special people

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  1. Dawn Whitmore on October 22, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Great post. We all need this reminder from time to time and I thank you for sharing it today.

    • juliesunne on October 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      You’re welcome, Dawn. Grateful you stopped by.

  2. Natasha Metzler on October 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    So important to remember, especially in this society! It’s always about being faithful with what you have been given.

    • juliesunne on October 22, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      Amen, Natasha. It’s way too easy to compare.

  3. Brent Peterson on March 8, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Great points Julie. Twitter for example has purpose if we focus on connecting with one person, not one thousand.

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Julie Sunne

Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I find it's easy for our day's blessings to get lost in its happenings. But God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

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