Welcome! Each day during the month of October I am writing on the topic of discovering true beauty. Please join in with me on this journey. Also, please feel free to share these posts during the month of October with family and friends on the many social media outlets. I appreciate you taking the time to do so.
The Illusion of BIG
Today is one of those days where yesterday’s message still lingers and I can’t quite shake that feeling to go deeper with the topic of BIG verses small. You see, I confess the overwhelming desire to light up my world in BIG ways. I have always believed that I was going to do something BIG someday. I even revealed this to a former pastor of mine and his response was to chuckle. I still can’t figure out if he was laughing at me because he saw the pride and arrogance in my revelation to him or if he knew something that I hadn’t learned just yet. Nevertheless, I have never forgotten that day. The Lord must have wanted me to remember it for this exact season I find myself in. The season of discovering the beauty in “small.” In fact, I am learning all the more that small is the new and better BIG.
You see, I am beginning to discover that going BIG, thinking BIG, performing BIG, being BIGGER than life with my personality, showing off BIG, desiring to be noticed, to have influence and to do greater things are all illusions. They all center the focus on “me” rather than where the focus should be and that is on God.
In her book Simply Tuesday, Emily P. Freeman encourages readers to have the courage to revisit their associations with the word small. “Small is an invitation to participate in something greater than ourselves” says Emily. She further goes on to provide readers with the example of Jesus giving up His own glory to come to earth and participate in something smaller than the attention He really deserved. Jesus could have showed up in GRAND ways, yet He came and was born in a barn, a manger, in an animal habitat.
Small is Beautiful
Small allows us to settle down. It allows us to take notice. Small helps us to focus hard in order to truly see. Small should be celebrated. There is true beauty in the small things. If only we could take the time to stop and celebrate small.
Young Artist Lindsey Keith recently sent me this sketch of a flower she had drawn. Upon glancing at the sketch, one sees a flower. However, the beauty is clearly seen in the small details of the pedals. There are paisleys, lines, dots, triangles, shading and light showing through a darker image. If it weren’t for the small details, this sketch would not have any beauty. It would just be a dark flower, missing the mark of true beauty.
My prayer during this season of life is that we people, like artist Lindsey Keith and author Emily P. Freeman, would understand what they already seem to get and that is there is beauty found in the small of things. Stop trying to do BIG things. Notice the small and participate in the small, in doing so, you will have noticeably participated in the more beautiful thing.
learning to see the small,
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