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Purpose In The Small

Summer Blog Series "Stay Connected"... Purpose In The Small

His name was Cyril Grant.

And when I think about today’s topic for our Stay Connected Summer Blog Series, he suddenly came to mind.

He embodied what it meant to have purpose in the small things.

And he did it all with a weekly bag of candy.

I was ten years old when I met Mr.Grant. As our church kids program streamed out of the gym every Wednesday night, the river of children would veer off to the right with one purpose. To find our beloved Mr.Grant.

To be spoken to by name, to be asked about life that week, and to have the giant bag of candy offered over to reaching and excited hands.

An older gentleman in the truest sense, he had a quirky English accent, a delight to listen to, and he was planted at the back door with the parents. Dressed impeccably, always in his tweed jacket, shoes shined, pants creased just so, and a ready smile.

He was probably one of my first living examples of purpose-driven living being about giving, kindness, and personal investment, how it didn’t have to look like flash and pomp and fireworks.

He had purpose in the small. His place and reason for being was at that church every Wednesday and Sunday.

You got to take one candy, and only one. You got to select carefully as you plunged your hand into the bag, and only after your parents approval.

But you received so much more.

I think now about how that quick minute with clamouring children was his chance to build up each kid. He spoke quietly, you stopped being loud to listen him, and if you were shy, he spoke even softer.

He knew every child’s name. Every. Child.

People, we are not a small church.

He knew what Bible verse you had to learn that week. He knew when you had been away. He asked about school like he truly wanted to know.

And we got to see what ‘Jesus with skin on’ looked like.

For many of us it might have been the first or only time.

We showed him scraped knees that got a clap of his hands for being brave (and maybe an extra chocolate covered mint).

We brought him our report cards.

We loved to bring him a new joke, drawing, project.

And I know now the massive impact a weekly bit of candy accomplished.

His purpose in that one small thing meant we were seen.

His purpose in that one small thing meant we were seen. Click To Tweet

Right up to the day he passed away, he knew my name, and my kid’s names. He would stop in the pew and ask how our week was. He would offer a candy out of a small baggie and a wink.

It felt as wonderful as any holy blessing.

So for those of us today wondering if our small matters. Wondering if our ordinary can ever be a legacy, have impact, touch lives, have significance through the Father.

It always matters. When your purpose even in the small is propelled by a big heart for Him, it matters more than you can know.

When your purpose even in the small is propelled by a big heart for Him, it matters! Click To Tweet

“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:1-4

In His hands, nothing is wasted. Don’t allow doubt or confidence to keep you from staying connected to your God-given purpose.

He is a God of details, truly, and there is always purpose for you in the small.

What small thing have you been challenged to let God use for others this summer?

Drawn To Good Words

Drawn To Good Words - Stay Connected Blog Series

No one was eager to build words with me.

The beautiful Scrabble board sits on the family table where all the paths in the house converge and intersect.

It’s beautiful, an heirloom-quality special edition.

But when asked eagerly who wanted to challenge me to a session of my personal word-obsession ( I AM a scrabble fiend, people!) I kept getting “no”.

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Expect ~ Five Minute Friday

#FiveMinuteFriday - Expect!

Yay! It’s another #FiveMinuteFriday and I’m so glad to see you here! The #fmf is when we write for only five minutes freely based on a prompt, but when 5 minutes is up, we stop. If you’d like to know more, please visit the linkup and website HERE.

{And…. go!}

I think it’s uncanny that here we are smack dab in the middle of 2017 and our #FiveMinuteFriday prompt is the word ‘Expect’.

I chuckled hard and gave a sigh.

*Expect* was my One Word for 2017 and I feel a nudge to give an account of just what God was implying when I had felt the Spirit press this word into my heart six months ago.

I’ll be honest and say right now that I had a very instant, surface, and selfish view of this word. It felt loaded with possibility, blessing, fun surprises, even arrival.

But here we are in June and He has busted open my definition of what to expect from my yearly theme, the nice little tidy box I had encased in it, and then stomped that box to smithereens so I could never put it back, even if I wanted to.

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What I Learned This Spring

Joining up with Emily's community to write about what I learned this Spring!

It’s that time again! These posts are just a bit of fun and reflection. Here are a few things in no particular order that I learned this past spring:

  1. Sometimes the sweetest of people have been through the toughest of seasons.

    I met some dear ladies at an event I was helping a good friend out with, at a church I had never been to yet, and the blessing was all mine as I was intercepted over and over by women so in tune to building and connecting and wanting to know if my story echoed theirs.
    They were the sweetest gals with the most powerful stories of overcoming and persevering, tears emerging, showing battle scars, and offering friendship and solidarity… and I left feeling poured into and with their words of “Don’t give up, Sister!” rolling around in my heart and soul.
    And I was just the volunteer manning the book table that day!

  2.  It’s never all up to me to change or connect better with my family. It’s actually based on the sufficiency of Christ and a lot of grace.

    So I found myself on the launch team this spring of the most wonderful and heartfelt book by Gary Morland called “A Family Shaped By Grace“, which comes out today! And if there’s one book I would recommend every family read this summer, it’s this one. Filled with amazing tools and testimony from Gary that will shower grace and encouragement for everyone looking to belong and get a long with all the people we are family with, this could change how we see each other and ourselves in simple yet powerful ways!

    Gary Morland's new book A Family Shaped By Grace! How to get along with the people who matter most.

  3. You will always miss your family’s four-legged best friend.

    But also the lack of barking, dog hair, muddy paw prints, and grass returning to your small yard for the first time in thirteen years is actually a nice development. We said goodbye to our Rally girl a few months back now, and still have moments where we forget she’s not at the door or that’s not her groaning in her sleep, and she will be in our hearts forever. Just not in our kitchen leaving soggy tsunamis of drinking water/drool in a giant line from bowl to door. Amen.

    image by c.duncan

  4. That you can dip just about anything in Tzatziki and it will make your heart sing and {to quote a certain Ree Drummond } make your skirts fly up.

    I’m sure my family is wary of just how many things I will make all summer with this nectar of heaven, but listen people, I’m just getting started!
    I already stared making my gyros with chicken on the grill as soon as it was warm enough to do so, but now I just grab the carton of tzatziki and pretty much dip anything from fresh veggies, cheese, and leftover grilled meats, to pitas and crackers and toast-points (WHY are toast-points SO much fun?)
    Easy Gyros? Marinate chicken breasts in a ready-made greek seasoning combined with a cup of water, 1/3 cup of olive oil, a liberal squirt of lemon juice, and 1/4 cup of vinegar for kick. Or if you get your feta cheese fresh in the container with it’s brine, add the brine instead of vinegar. Marinate 3 hours or overnight, and grill.
    Grill slightly warmed whole wheat naan bread or pitas, fill with chicken shredded or sliced, top with cucumber, radish, red onion, tzatziki and crumbly feta.
    Done like dinner.

  5. That when God says He’s about to do a new thing in you, He will always back it up with His own provision and equipping. Always.

    I’m literally in the beginning of three different projects He’s dropped in my life, and I’m watching as He is supplying every aspect in His timing, in the most amazing ways. And the equipping comes with stretching, and the supplying comes with blind faith, and in each instance, all He asked is that my yes to these three projects be based on total surrender, total trust, and that I’d simply remain the vessel He’d fill at His own will.
    Don’t misunderstand me. There are still hurdles and roadblocks and doubts that surface. But each time, He reveals His answer to all of the things that would try to threaten His plans. He’s just been looking for the right hearts to say yes, and accept His invitation to be used. He does the rest.
    And one day soon, I will get to reveal a little more, but for now, He’s at work.
    He's just been looking for the right hearts to say yes, and accept His invitation to be used. Click To Tweet

    Well, there you go. A few things I learned this spring, and so totally random at that! Now I’m looking forward to a summer of new things to learn, adventures to be had, and holy provisions to be made. How about you? What did you learn this past spring?

    If you would like to read along with the linkup community over at Emily. P. Freeman’s be sure to join us HERE! And if you’d like to become a subscriber and get all of these posts each week from the comfort of your own inbox, just sign up in the space below!

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