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Too small to make a difference?
by Claire Maraillet
05/23/12
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... Try sleeping with a mosquitoe - Dalaļ Lama

I have the perfect example : this is my fifth attempt at writing this.

When I listen to English Christian music (American, British, you name it...) or read English Christian books, I am tempted to feel: I'll never be able to write lyrics or books like that, my English seems so poor in comparison. They speak with such big words that have a powerful meaning... In other words, they seem better than me; and I feel so small with less means, in my writing. I have another example in mind: I can't improvise music on one chord, therefore I only play the chord itself. I also only use main chords, as I don't understand how the others (the one supposedly giving more power, more harmony, more nuance) work. When I hear talented friends, I feel jealous, sometimes angry. Why am I, or so it seems, only half taltented?!! There are hundreds of things I feel half talented for, when I am tempted to look at what others I look up to are accomplishing.

Conditioned by the world we live in and influenced by others we'd look up to, we tend to undervalue ourselves, the difference our own abilities can make in this world. We draw conclusions about our skills from others' opinions, but what conclusions do we draw from Jesus' teachings? Isn't it He who said that it takes faith the size of a mustard seed to move mountains (Matt 17:20) ? Isn't He who said that His power is made visible in our weaknesses (2 Cor 12:9) and that in Him, we are fearfully and wonderfully made (psalm 139 : 14)? And when the women headed for the tomb, realizing on the way they didn't have anything to roll the stone, did they stop going ? No, they kept walking, knowing that God would take care of things. And He did, didn't He ?

Through this, here's what I understood from God this morning, what I would like to share with you, reading: "you're never too small to make a difference!", is what He's saying to me. We don't need to act big, to impress anybody; for the only person worth impressing is not impressed, as we are His own making. He loves us no matter how small we may feel, when trying to mean something on this earth, for others. We don't need to change who we are. What we do need to do though, is let Him work through us so we find out who we are, our unique ways of making a difference. God is perfect, but also simple: so simple in fact that many struggle to believe His message. We expect Him to speak to us through thunder, when He can speak with the softness of rain. We expect Him to say "must and mustn't be"s, when in fact He is saying: "be who you are, what I made you to be; discover your identity.". No one is too small to make a difference, that's what I'm hearing lately in my Christian living.

Looking at mosquitoes... Indeed, just the noise drives me crazy, not to mention the sting. We are even better than mosquitoes, for we can make a difference in others' lives, positively. So we should ask God to let us know how, in our unique way of giving; For no matter how small it may seem, he makes us great through our trusting, that we're doing something productive that could touch somebody.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Claire Maraillet 23 May 2012
thanks! Glad you liked it... =)
Bea Edwards  23 May 2012
Wonderful article and great correlations and comparisons between our smallness and His greatness. There is a small spelling mistake you may want to edit near the end. "He is syaing:" be who you are, what I made you to be; discover your identity.". No one is too small to make a difference, that's what I'm hearing lately in my Christian living.




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