Little is Big!

Today is our oldest son’s 23rdbirthday. He arrived three weeks early, was quite small most all of his life, and we called him our “little elf” during his first few weeks, as he resembled one—he really did. It seems ironic to think how someone so small and powerless at birth could grow up to take on such big life experiences in order to try to accomplish things so grand.

We live in a culture that values things that are large, extravagant, and impossible to miss. The biggest sale, super-sized meals, monster trucks, jumbo shrimp, super models, we make something a “big deal”, there’s even a movie titled, Big. For some reason society associates bigger with better.Yet, Jesus was forthright in coming to us in a manger as a  little baby. You might recall the song, “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world…” What about those who come from a small town, receive little recognition, or earn meager wages. In Jesus’ eyes, little is big!

Victor Hugo, the great French playwright who composed Les Misérables, rightly said our “greatest actions are performed in minor struggles. Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment and poverty are battlefields which have their heroes–obscure heroes who are at times greater than illustrious heroes.”

See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 18:10)

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5)

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1)

So….take a bit of time to call a friend, to notice a smaller-sized child, do a little thing for someone else who may never know it; think of how a small gesture might just make a really big difference!

May you be blessed in little, yet powerful ways, this holiday season!

Tammy Heflebower

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