Yesterday, our second son lost his tooth. He was acting like a dog biting a towel and his brother pulled it out. Immediately they both yelled that his tooth came out.
I guess it's the little
stuff like this that matters most. When I decided I would give my life
to some form of pastoral leadership, I envisioned all the great stuff I
would due to impact the world. All the sermons, the miracles, the
conversions, and of course the big church to go along. But today God was
in the midst of a lost tooth. And the reality is that on most days I
find that God is actually moving in the little, the insignificant, the
easily missed. In the simple conversation with a child I find the wonder
of life and the mystery of God.
But these little
"whisper" moments are easily overlooked. Since God is big and the
problems of the world are enormous, we tend to assume that the things
that God wants to do are grand in nature. After all, it is big programs
and creative ministries that get the press. While we all revere Mother
Theresa, none of us really see that she had no big program, no social
agenda, no world transformation plan. She simply joined God in little
things every day. And it was the little things stacked on top of each
other that made her life grand.
God is at work in our
world; the Spirit moves on mission but in ways "whispiring" ways that we
often don't even consider to involve God. When we think about mission our
minds first go to big stuff like ministering to the poor, seeking
social justice, sharing the message of Jesus with a non Christian. These are important, but
there is another aspect of mission. What about simply being attentive to the mystery of what God is up to
in those around us. In a conversation with a neighbor or co-worker, or
listening to joy over a lost tooth.
How do we develop the ability to do this? This is the question that drove me to write Difference Makers.