The first time I heard the song titled “Dream small” by Josh Wilson, I was vexed in my spirit. These words are contrary to everything I heard as a child and to what has socialized my adulthood. You dream big… the sky is the limit.
The more I have listened to the song https://youtu.be/dOBaLrItEyc and as I reflect on the words today, I see the truths in the lyrics. As a type A overachiever, I have very big dreams and on my way to achieving these big dreams, I have experienced many incredible things: things that would be for others, the proverbial dream come true. However, with my eyes set on bigger things, I rarely stop to smell the roses. Sometimes, my gratitu-do-meter falls short as far as these incredible things are concerned.
The ten lepers had their sights set on the big dream: getting to the temple to show themselves to the priest. Only one took the time to appreciate the small steps that were to become that big dream… and because he returned to say thanks, he enjoyed a fuller life.
Life is amazing; each day is a rare gift with none unparalleled! Today, I am grateful for the small and even mundane things. Thank you Lord for the small steps; thanks for the incredible things that have happened in my life so far… and thanks for the big dream.
A glorious birthday to me…
Over the past year, I have found myself in places where Christians I know are the subject of confidential and sensitive discussions in relation to their work ethics. I have often been appalled at how very often these people are described so badly and usually I am ashamed to admit that I know them. Every time this happens though, I am humbled and I reflect on my own life and wonder “What are people saying about my work ethics behind closed doors?” “Am I putting in my best?” “Do my work ethics bring glory to God?”
We are ambassadors of the Kingdom of God here on earth and everything we do must reflect that. Our diplomatic mission is to enact the Kingdom of God in every aspect of our lives and people must see it and be able to report nothing but your good works back to the King of Heaven.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 NIV
So I have no choice but to put in my very best! A few weeks ago I read something from my devotional which has stayed with me and I’d like to share it with you. It is taken from 3-Minute Devotions for Families:
Doing our best. As children, the point is driven home to us: Do your best on that test! Do your best on that team! As adults, we are still inundated with the “best” message: Give it your all at work! Be the best possible mom, dad, worker, friend, etc. you can be. It is not a bad message. Not at all.
But we have to remember that even our very best is nothing until the Spirit of God breathes life into it. Today instead of just striving, striving, striving, why not concentrate on asking God to be at the center of all you do, so that your work will be supernaturally empowered from on high.
Hope you are blessed by this!