I’ve always loved the little, easy to miss details the Bible shares with us about Jesus and His life. The everyday things. I love all the miracles and amazing things too, but Jesus just seemed to breathe such life into the everyday moments, He left us a great lesson.
I’m all about the big God things, those moments when He stuns you with His future. I believe in big God Dares for you and your children. I adore how He brings The God Dare into your life and alters you forever. In fact, I’m writing a whole book about it right now!
But the big God things take time. And sometimes, in our rush for big purpose, big ministry, big world-changing accomplishments, we can miss the small, the little, the insignificant.
We become so focused on the future, we miss right now.
We forget an important truth:
Big lives are found in lots of small moments.
Just as a symphony is thousands of little notes and a great painting filled with innumerable brush strokes, our lives consist of millions of small but profound moments.
Jesus lived the biggest small life in history. He walked. He taught. He built. He wept. He ate. He healed. He laughed. He led. He cried. He loved. He found beauty in the small.
His big miracles can overshadow His small moments, but there’s much His small moments teach us because His small moments are saturated with holy significance. So many examples are in the Word when we search for the small.
He washed feet. He ate with Pharisees. He spent time at a well teaching one woman about worship. He settled disagreements between disciples. He took the time to bless children and ministered to a woman who sat at His feet. He paid taxes. He walked with the disciples. He prayed on a mountain. He went sailing. He cooked fish on a sandy sea shore. He attended a wedding. He ate and drank with sinners and saints.
And in everything Jesus did, He breathed on each small moment to teach us big lessons.
His small moments still teach today. He shows us how to live purposely, intentionally, steadily advancing toward the goal but not missing the journey.
Because small things make a big impact.
The touch of a hand, the encouraging phone call, making time for a friend, giving a hug. The handwritten note or basket of homemade muffins. The lullaby deep in the night, the carpools and housework, the teaching and training. All small but significant. Little things we can do to change the world around us.
While waiting for the big, don’t neglect the small.
Follow His footsteps and find the beauty in the small in all the everyday moments. He’ll show you the way.
Kate Battistelli, author of Growing Great Kids, is a wife, a former Broadway actress, and the mom of Grammy nominated Christian contemporary artist Francesca Battistelli. She adores being Mimi to Francesca’s 2 children — 2 1/2-year-old Matthew Elijah and 10-month-old Audrey Jane. She blogs at www.KateBattistelli.com and is currently writing her second book The God Dare.