For want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; for want of a horse the rider was lost; for want of a rider the message was lost; for want of the message the battle was lost; for want of the battle the war was lost; for want of the war the kingdom was lost; and all for the want of a horseshoe nail. -Madeleine L'Engle, A Wind in the Door
I want to be popular, depended-upon, well-trained, and generally impressive. I want to receive the glory for my accomplishments, accepting all the accolades for my awesomeness. If I did everything on my own strength, in my Academy Awards acceptance speech I might thank God, but I wouldn't really mean it. I dream of gifts that aren't mine, a resume I will never have.
But my contributions, with God's help, matter.
Sandwiches made for kids. A kind word on Facebook. A compliment to the gas station attendant. Not that I am an expert at doing these things - but great deeds, the ones stories and legends are made of, are built from small moments of kindness and intention.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
Your gifts are important.
Your gifts are needed.
We need your contribution. No gift is too small.
It is not always on the great or the important that the balance of the universe depends. Madeleine L'Engle, A Wind in the Door
What is God calling you to?
What can you set aside to focus more on God's call?