Small and Absolutely Amazing

February 28, 2012

in the generous life

On Sundays my church gathering is studying 1 Peter (this week it was 4:7-11).  One of the points our pastor made was that we need to be “deliberate and faithful to use our gifts.”  He spoke about a variety of gifts and how they are all important.  I think for the most part we don’t understand how the simplest of things we do can be a gift from God and a gift that can be used to bless those around us.  We sort of discount it as just something we do … that anyone could do.

And while that’s true to a degree, the bottom line is that we can do it and God wants us to use what He’s given us.  Our gifts may seem small, but small can have great impact and be strategically important.  And small tends to become big over time if we will be faithful and consistent in what we do.  

Years ago, I was “just an ordinary wife and mom,” changing diapers, baking dinner, and doing all the usual things of life.  I started to learn about generosity.  One day I thought it might be fun to blog about it and The Generous Wife was born.  All these years it’s been just a simple blog, a small thing, a few words written each day, but during those years I have watched God use this small thing to change lives (my own included).  I’m still “just an ordinary wife and mom” (now grandma) and I’m still doing “small things,” but I have a bit more faith in what God can do with small things because of the history that I have with Him.  He can turn a few fish and a loaf of bread into a buffet for a crowd.  He can turn a kind word or a simple gift into a life changing moment.  Do not underestimate our God!

You have gifts too.  Yes, you do.

Maybe you’re a terrific cook.  Maybe you have a way with people that communicates warmth and acceptance.  Maybe you’re great with numbers, or you have a way with plants.  These gifts may seem small or insignificant to you, but what God can do with them is amazing!  Let me repeat that ~ what God can do with them is amazing!

Why not make a list of the things that you do well, things that you have a natural gift for and things you enjoy doing (no matter how small or unimportant they may seem).  How can you bless your husband with those gifts?  How can you bless your kids, neighbors and friends?

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms … so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.  1 Peter 4:10-11  NIV

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Be generous! Lori <><

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Sexy February 28, 2012 at 7:00 am

Wow! I was very surprised by my stats today, I think you quadrupled what I normally get. (and it’s still early) Thanks for being generous, generous wife.

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Jesse February 28, 2012 at 8:05 am

I totally agree with this!! I prayed for so long for a ‘talent’ a way to serve God. Thinking and looking at big impressive things. Wondering if I needed to learn a skill. I now know that I am good at being there. I sit with friends, take them coffee, give them a ride to the airport. My ‘big’ talent though is writing cards, and letters. =) It’s how God uses me.
I will add to what you have said, I do believe God will use us for huge things, but they may not look huge to us. Not everyones thing turns into a what we consider a big thing like your blog. Sometimes we just keep doing what we do and God uses that in little ways every day.

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Robyn Gibson February 28, 2012 at 11:12 am

I love this idea, thank you ;o)

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The Generous Wife February 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm

@Jesse I would agree. God’s big and small are often different than our big and small. I think my biggest thrill is when I see a life changed by a few words. Seemingly small, but outrageously powerful and big.

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