I get caught up in my own little corner of the world, and there’s nothing wrong with that when your little corner happens to be your family and you’re taking care of them. You are called for such a time as this. God knows where you are in your life, and you do need to be caught up where you’re called to be. Sometimes though, even when we know where we’re supposed to be, we may feel small and feel like we have nothing to offer others.
What can we do to make a difference?
Whenever we feel small, it’s as though this great big world just keeps getting bigger and bigger, and somehow we feel a little absolute. Do you ever feel this way? Because I know that I do, but I can’t help it…I just feel small at times. I question myself if I can make a difference in someone else’s life.
Our Papa God made us all different and unique. He’s equipped us to use talents that He has blessed us with. He wants us to use those talents and reach out to others. The smallness that we feel comes from within us. Paul even tells us this…
“Dear, dear Corinthians, (as well as you and me) I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide – open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively.” 2 Corinthians 6:11-13 MSG
What if Noah hadn’t opened up? What if he was living his life in such a small way that he felt like there was no way he could ever build the boat God had told him to? What if he had built a little tug boat for his family and just a few animals?
What if Joshua hadn’t opened up? What if he was living his life in such a small way that he decided to march just a couple of times around the city of Jericho instead of obeying God’s specific instructions in taking down the wall?
What if Ester hadn’t opened up? What if she was living her life in such a small way that she felt like there was no way she could ever make a difference for her people? The Old Testament heroes are such great examples for us, but what if they all had decided to live their lives in a small way? But they didn’t, they opened up their lives. In fact, by obeying God, they were living them wide open and expansively, just the way God intended. In their obedience, they made a difference
I try to picture in my mind what a “wide open spacious” image would be. I found the picture above by Kevin McNeal called, Tuscany Rolling Hills in Autumn, Pienza Italy. To me this is what wide open and spacious looks like in my mind, but in reality, it’s a beautiful life freely living for God, and obeying his will.
No one fences us in. We do that to ourselves. It’s a great big old world out there. We can feel small in it, or we can look to God in obedience, making it wide open and spacious for us.
“An undisciplined , self-willed life is puny; an obedient, God-willed life is spacious.” Proverbs 15:32 MSG
Paul knew the secret of living a life freely and wide open for Jesus. As Paul encourages the Corinthians in living this way he encourages us also. Fencing ourselves into our own little corner of the world shuts us off from sharing our lives with others. It shuts us off from sharing our God given talents.
Don’t live your life small, live it wide open for Jesus!