Nothing Too Small

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I’d like you to meet my friend, Shannan Martin. I call her my friend, even though we’ve only met in person once (which was the craziest sleepover party I will probably ever experience in my life.) She might not recognize me if we ever met in the salsa isle of the grocery store, which is fine because I would probably get all sweaty and nervous and embarrassed that I hadn’t showered yet. But then again, she is the realest deal around, so I’m guessing I’d find her still in her sweats too.

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Shannan just wrote a book, Falling Free: Rescued From the Life I Always Wanted. You absolutely must read it when it comes out. Do like me and preorder a copy on Amazon. I started following Shannan’s blog, Flower Patch Farmgirl, back when she was living the dream life in a picture perfect farmhouse down a tree lined lane. I’m not going to give the story away, but she and her husband had a hunch that God had better ideas for them than a comfy cozy life on the farm, so they let go of what they thought was their dream come true and traded it in for an unmapped adventure with God. It has been quite the ride.

Who doesn’t love an inspirational story? I think we all do.

But let’s be honest. Big stories make me feel small sometimes. Like a drop in a bucket.

Ker-plink. Ker-plunk.

It’s tempting to think bigger is better. It’s tempting to think the best story wins. I know in my head it’s not true, but in my heart I tend to feel otherwise. Why hasn’t God asked me to do something bigger and better? Something radical? Something important?

I’m about to get real here when I say I might even be jealous of other people’s stories. It’s the ugly truth. Inspiring stories make me wish my own story had a little more glamour and flash. How’s that for dirty laundry? (aka sinful nature?) But seriously, how often have you heard the phrase, “tell your story” or “your story matters” and thought your own “story” wasn’t good enough?

The world needs big radical Jesus loving world changers. I know I need them. I learn from them. I read their blogs, buy their books, and follow their feeds. They inspire me. They open my eyes and break open my heart and move me to act. They point me to Jesus.

But here’s the thing I need to remember:

The world needs the everyday ordinary Jesus loving world changers too.

You know what that means?

That means I get to do that thing that God whispers in MY ear today.

It’s a very simple two step process. 1. Listen. 2. Obey.

While it’s true that nothing is too big with God,

it’s also true that nothing is too small.

Because if God asks me to do it,

it IS important.

*linking up with Lori Harris for her series #onethingrightnow

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Comments

  1. I seriously love this post. I also struggle with feelings of smallness or insignificance. The internet feeds these feelings sometimes. Nothing is too big or too small in God’s economy. Grateful you linked up!

  2. Oh my goodness, loved this. “It’s tempting to think the best story wins.” The fact that the opposite is true is something God has been teaching me over and over for about 7 years, but here I am right back in that place again. Thankful for your vunerability here!

  3. Joselyn Vaughn says:

    I need a like button. Where’s the like button?

    I’ve been struggling with making the best use of my new free time with all the kids in school (because I MUST be productive). My husband told me that this was my gift: to have the free time to run extra clothes to school when my daughter needs them. It’s not a big thing, and sometimes it feels like a kick in the teeth, but it’s where God wants me.

  4. The slap-crazy things is, I also feel this way. I think my story seems small and ordinary and unspectacular. This must be the condition of the human soul, as evidenced by you, me and the other ladies here in the comments. I suppose if the enemy can make us think “why bother?” then maybe we’ll stop trying to bother. You know?

    Anyway, this post is lovely and hits me right in the heart. And your art…OH MY. <<Jealousy alert!!!!!

    Lastly – GIRL, YES. I would recognize you in Kroger! I would scream and hug you! Are you kidding?????

  5. Definitely with you in this. Recognize our smallness but seeing it as an opportunity to do the small things he’s called us to and that it brings Him tons of glory. I struggle with that jealous feeling too sometimes when I look at my life and wonder if there’s any story there worth telling. And of course there is! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thank you so much for “outing” Satan’s #1 tool! I appreciate your words more than you can know ! Please keep sharing your heart!

  7. So relatable! (Yes, even to me.) Thank you for sharing, Kristi!

  8. tomorrow I’m sharing my story to my Bible study group. I’ve yet to collect it in my thoughts or on paper. Thank you for reminding me that my small story matters.

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