For the past several years I've felt this pressure to do great things for God. Being a writer and blogger, I believe it started when I saw all the great things other people were doing for God. I watched as fellow moms founded non-profits, adopted children, started online businesses, and published books. I began searching for "the thing" I was supposed to do to change the world.
The Christian community and our American culture in general have become more respondent to social issues in the past several years, and this is good. But as I searched for what God wanted me to do "to be great," I felt defeated, inadequate, and burned out. In my mind I began to minimize the work right before me, primarily taking care of my family and loving my friends. Then my perspective took a turn. I began envying people who "just" go to work, raise their kids, and serve their friends well; and I began envying friends who aren't on social media. Their lives seemed simpler, more content, and peaceful – even happier.
Then I started asking questions. Are we all called to do great things? Does God weigh taking care of my family less than starting a non-profit or fostering children? Is serving my family and friends well just as important to Him? Was my desire to do great things for God really about glorifying God, or was it more about glorifying myself?At the beginning of this year, I chose the word "small" to focus on for 2018. I can't say that I've made any huge changes; I still have a Facebook account. However, I have been aware of the significance of the small in the everyday.
Here are 10 ways to fight against the need for greatness that have helped me during this process of pursuing God in the small.
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