The day of small things

By Dave Henning / August 14, 2015

“Faith is not about me getting what I want in my outer world; it’s about God getting what he wants in my inner world.”- John Ortberg

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.”- Zechariah 4:10 (NLT)

John Ortberg continues Chapter 4 of All the Places to Go with a look at “some common myths about God and doors and the truth that lies behind them.”  The first myth is described today.

1.  God is not involved in my little life.  One of the most crippling myths is that we’re either not spiritual or significant enough to have great adventures with divine doors.  In other words, God is too busy with other things to pay attention to us.

Because we have no conception of what is small in God’s eyes, Pastor Ortberg exhorts us not to despise the day of small things.  Spiritual and physical sizes are not measured by the same standards.  John adds that our world is very small when we’re born and becomes increasingly smaller as we age.  We’ll never learn to find God at all if we don’t find Him in our small worlds, as the author concludes:

“We have no idea what is big or small in God’s eyes.  But for sure, I will never go through a ‘big’ door if I do not humble myself to the task of discerning and entering all the small ones.  Do not despise the day of small things.  For that, too, is the day the Lord has made.”

Today’s question: How do you fight the temptation to despise the day of small things?  Please share.

Coming Tuesday: the latest Short Meditation, “Braced for the future”

Tomorrow’s blog: “Making difficult decisions”

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Dave Henning


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