Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Small Does Not Mean Unimportant

“Small things matter in ministry too.” –Angela Thomas, Do You Know Who I Am?
Have you ever felt that what you’re doing doesn’t matter because it’s smaller or reaches fewer people than what someone else is doing?

Small does not mean insignificant.

Take our online Bible study for example. There are many other online studies going on throughout the year. One in particular has hundreds, if not thousands, of participants for each book studied. Our current study has 18 women involved.

Quite small in comparison, but not unimportant.

This is only one example. Maybe…

Your family is smaller than you hoped and you wonder if what you’re doing is as important as the parent with a larger family.

You don’t serve as a ministry leader or a speaker at conferences, but you provide childcare for those who attend.

You’re a teacher without a classroom, but you have the opportunity to tutor one student.

You tell one person about Jesus…and then another…and another, one at a time.

Let me assure you…small is important—to God and to others.
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. Colossians 3:23-24 NLT
Wherever we give of ourselves, God deserves our best.

He has a plan for each of us and each plan is different. He knows our strengths, our weaknesses, and our potential, and where each of us can best serve Him. It is possible God has more for us to do, but it’s now in the small things where He’s preparing us for what’s to come. And when the time is right (His timing, not ours), He will guide us there.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
You might be wondering if I get caught up in the numbers—how many women sign up for the studies or the number of comments on my blog. Not really, but I could. After all, 18 and hundreds are not even close. But on occasion, through an e-mail or a comment to a post, God reminds me that He’s at work—even in what seems small.

Any time I spend comparing what God has given me to do with someone else, my focus shifts from Him to me. And it’s not about me. It’s about Him.

All about Him.

Thank you for visiting today! If you are studying Do You Know Who I Am? by Angela Thomas, we are in Chapter 9 this week “Do You Know I Am Hesitant?...He is Generous.”

In Christ,
Laura


9 comments:

  1. Great thoughts Laura! Always comparing ourselves to others and wishing for more takes away our thankfulness and gratitude for everything we have been blessed with and steels our energy away from being fully alive and positive. God certainly DOES deserve our best! :)

    Blessings and hugs,
    Denise

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  2. Love this and it's so true! We have to be faithful in the small as well as the large! :) Hopping from Internet Cafe!

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  3. Denise, Denise, and Mindy,
    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving comments! God bless!

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  4. Comparison is the pits and gets us nowhere! Small can be beautiful :) Have a great day!

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  5. I read this in my email the other day. And I've been thinking about it ever since.

    Amen, Laura! So grateful God is in the making-small-grand business. Oh what He can do with just a little fish like me....

    So blessed by you. just had to say thank you, Laura, for encouraging my heart! You've made a difference on my life!

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    1. Nikki, you've been such a blessing in my life as well! Thank you for your kind and encouraging comment. God bless!

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  6. Amen Laura.

    Your posts go right to the heart. Those of us who come here often are truly blessed through your beautiful writing and teaching gift.

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    1. Wendy, your comments always warm my heart. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement!
      To God be all the Glory!
      Laura

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!