Little Is Big

(excerpted from Amanda's blog....Nicaragua)

My current (and awesome) roommate, Abby, recently shared a devotion with me that she had brought from home. It is centered on Ephesians 2:10 (one of my favorites!) “It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others.” And a quote in the devotion is “With that also comes the God-given responsibility of love to look out for one another, to know and be known, to love and be loved, and to encourage each other…”            So very true!

Sometimes I wonder if I’m making as much of a difference as I should be here, loving in big ways, and being led by God as much as I need to be. I can’t be perfect and I can’t do it all. I think it’s a stereotypical American mentality to believe that me making a real difference is sweeping in and changing things in a seemingly big and satisfying way. It ends up being a selfish mentality. My prideful self wants to go to bed at night knowing I made a drastic difference in the lives of these kids.

But then I remember that famous quote: we cannot do great things, but only small things with great love. It’s not supposed to be about me coming into this situation and altering it in a big way. God is already at work here in SO many ways. I am only here to join in; to love, learn and share. I am to remember that I am led by a Savior who asks that I walk humbly and love well. “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8- and that doesn’t always look like I think it should.

I’m called to presence in these moments that at the time may not seem like much to write home about (no pun intended). And I think about all the times here where I have the opportunity to just love on these kids. All of these little sweet moments with these precious ones are what God looks at and smiles upon. It’s a privilege to be with them- right here, right now. And I am meant to make them count- just loving and living- one moment at a time.

This is one of the many things that I am learning here that I need to take home to the States and apply to my everyday life. So my question to you is- how will you share some love today? It may seem like the little things don’t make a difference, but they do. And it doesn’t matter who you are, or where you are, it’s something you can put into practice.

Because in the end, a lot of little moments of love create something that isn’t little at all.

Amanda Jensen

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