Admittedly I was really tired in church yesterday, but thankfully present enough to fully understand what Pastor Bill was sharing in his sermon. His words resonate through the walls of my home near daily. With a husband that has spent more flight hours than some pilots, and now more road hours than most commuters, I understand the full meaning that life can change as quickly as we exhale. When I send my son to school I hear the sirens that greeted parents to Columbine High School so many years ago, and I temper any negative energy to express how much I love my child before he leaves. In the grand scheme I know God is with him and see’s each child, each member of my family, be them close or distant, and walks with them.
Pastor Bill brought James 4:13–14 into his sermon. It was his reference at just how small we are in the grand scheme of things, like the vapor from an empty bottle of prune juice. Here I will beg to differ with Pastor Bill. This is the first time I have felt, from my perspective, that our opinions differ. We all have our own viewpoints, that is one of the things that makes life so interesting.
I may be small but I carry a really big stick. Okay, I suppose that maybe Pastor Bill is right in the fact that globally I am small. Where I disagree is that I have to live as a small person. I believe that everything I do can make a huge impact on the world. If I didn’t, and many of those out there making such huge successes today believed they were so small on the grand scale, we wouldn’t afford ourselves the effort for participating in change.
I see Mother Theresa as a huge example of the power of one person. As I think of her I also think of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Serena and Venus Williams, Christopher Paolini, Michael Scott, Al Gore, Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and the hundreds of others who carried their aspirations forth and made nationally, even global changes. The list of single individuals with dreams, hopes and aspirations of changing the world whether through story books or education on God to climate change, teaches us that we are not so small. They were but a small person under God’s tutelage, but they were giants among men on this Earth.
No one person will ever be bigger than God. That I will not dispute. And no one person can be larger than a planet. But one person can change how the world revolves. And time and again we see that through portholes of people’s imaginations that are encouraged to expand beyond the four walls of their bedroom to be seen by the world at large.
I tell my kids every chance I can to put themselves into a position where the world will come to them instead of trying to make it in the world. There are so many people to compete with that to stand above the majority will make their lives so much easier as adults. Be outstanding. Grasp at straws because eventually the straw can turn to gold. Never see yourself as just a speck but as the special person God made and step forward assured that for every time you fall you can get back up and try again. In your efforts you will find success.
So, sorry Pastor Bill, but I believe that by raising my kids with God in their lives, with peace in their hearts, with love under their finger nails, and intelligence in their head, I am a gigantic speck among the little specks just floating through this all to short of life. And even if I am small, you’ll never see me accepting that as my outlook. As it pertains to God’s love, in that I too believe he see’s each of his children as larger than life. Unique and special individuals that is granted his daily full love and support.
Of course this is just my humble perspective.
Blessings to all.