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Encouragement for Today: Devotions for Everyday Living

Encouragement for Today: Devotions for Everyday Living

by Renee Swope
Lysa TerKeurst

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Don’t Despise the Small Stuff

Lysa TerKeurst

Who is wise and understanding among you?
Let them show it by their good life,
by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.

( James 3:13)

What seems small in your world? By small, I mean that place where yourvision is grand but your reality isn’t. Is it your influence? Your opportunity?Your business? Your ability to give? Your ministry?

Look at that small place. What do you see?

If what you see is less than encouraging, might you take the bold stepof looking at it again? Because hidden within that smallness is a gift — onethat will yield wisdom you can’t get any other way. If you look closelyenough at what seems small in your world, you’ll begin to see how “deedsdone in the humility that comes from wisdom” will create somethingnew in you.

This small place in your world is where humility is birthed. Humilityis that glorious and rare quality that doesn’t take too much credit. Humilityknows real success is laced with heavenward glances, bent knees, andwhispered praises to the One. The only One.

He who gives.

And He who withholds. Not out of spite, not out of ignorance, notout of deafness, and certainly not out of comparisons in which others arefound to be more deserving. No. He withholds out of protection. Withloving restraint, He withholds the big to protect the hidden workings ofthe small. The small we should not despise. It is in these humble placeswhere we experience the quiet nurture, the holy unfolding, the deepstirrings that draw us closer to the heart of God.

Soon, the soul must choose: haughtiness or humility.

If that soul has never tasted small, it will never develop a humble palate.It will crave only big, until it is so full of big that being big inflates anddistorts and never satisfies.

But for the soul that has dined on what is small, humility becomes therichest fare. The taste that satisfies. The thing most desired to be consumed.All things humble will eventually be made great.

Oh, the beautiful gift of small!

There is great delight in knowing the truth about what small really is.Small isn’t a belittling of one’s calling or a diminishment of one’s future.It’s simply a place — a grand but unnoticed place. A place we need toprotect and remember because it keeps all things big in proper perspective.

Small isn’t what keeps us from our grand vision. Small is what keeps usfor our grand vision.

Dear Lord, help me to embrace the small. I want to see with Your eyeswhat You have planned for me. In Jesus’name, Amen.


This small place in your world is where humility is birthed. Small isn’twhat keeps us from our grand vision. Small is what keeps us for our grandvision.


When in the past have you “dined on what is small”? How did it feel inthe moment? How do you feel about that experience now? What haveyou learned? How have you grown?


Choose one thing today that you will do “small.” Fold and put away yourhusband’s laundry. Bring your boss coffee. Pull your neighbor’s trash tothe curb. Whatever you choose, ask the Lord to increase your taste for the“small” while you’re performing it.

Power VersesProverbs 22:4; Psalm 37:11

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