I hadn’t planned it to be this way. But it seems I have for the most part taken the summer off from this cyber place. As it turned out, adjusting to life here in the land of excessive ease and beautiful muffins required more than I’d planned for. So I left the writing in this place take a sort of backseat while I loved on my kids and helped them re-acquaint themselves with friends and grandparents and the new kittens that live next door.
All the while, I’ve been praying about this space right here. The one I call home when I turn on my computer. Seeking God’s advice about where He might want it to go. How He might want to use it to help make Himself famous.
And I’ve been trying to figure out how to return. When to do it. What to write to re-introduce my writing, God’s prompting in my heart, the dreams I have for this small place I call home here in cyberland.
I mean, I haven’t written here in more than a month. It’s time to return.
So today when I saw Lisa-Jo’s 5-minute-Friday prompt word, it seemed like a perfect place to jump back in. I’ll write more next week, but today, I ask you to bear with me as I contemplate SMALL, in (a little more than) five small minutes.
I thought I wanted to be big. So I started this blog. Started writing and thinking and dreaming all big.
I chased dreams for the sake of their bigness, thinking huge and fame and glory.
But God wanted me small. So He could prove Himself big. He wanted to use me in small ways.
I called it trying to make Him famous. And really that’s what I wanted. His glory. His Kingdom. Only by way of me.
I wanted to be a big part of His glory. He just wanted me to take the next small step.
He wanted to keep me small so I’d keep looking to Him.
I wanted to be like the famous bloggers who’ve made it big. The ones with the big platform and all the friends and the thousands of commenters every week.
Then it occurred to me I’d not really asked God. What was it He saw as big for me? What kinds of big things could I do.
So I started asking Him daily. On my face praying.
And I found out what He wanted. What He wants. For me. For my blog. For my every ounce of everything I do in the name of His fame and His glory.
Whether through a post on my blog or a conversation with the Walmart cashier.
He wants me small so I can show off His big.
He wants nothing more from me than to remember that He’s the One worth all the fame. He wants me to take the next step, however small it might be. And He wants me to do it really, really well.
Small blog? Do it well.
Tiny platform? Use it for Him.
Two commenters? Love them like He does.
He wants me to show Him to anyone. Everyone. By way of whoever He might put in my path.
To let my smallness point to Him in whatever ways He chooses.
*Over the next few weeks, you might notice some changes around here. Some will be big. Others will be small. But each one will be intentional. The main difference will be the focus of my writing. I want to do it well. I want to love you well. I want to encourage you and cheer you towards Jesus and the real life He gives. Might I ask you to pray? For this new focus. That God will use my small words for His huge fame. To encourage and love and help everyone who visits to live more fully.
Thank you so much!
See you next week.