Lessons From Levi (Small Things)


Levi was playing in the floor with his trains. He would put a track together by inserting the tab from one track into the slot of another track. To watch him finally learn how to do this was exciting as well as liberating. We’d celebrate his small accomplishments by clapping and saying yay then he’d give us a high-five. He even brought his train box (which is heavy) into the living room and we celebrated that he brought it in without asking for our help. He took the top off the box which is somewhat difficult. You have to grab it at a certain spot and pull because it is self locking. He did this and we celebrated.

We celebrated the small things, the small accomplishments. To him they may have seemed large accomplishments but to us they were big in idea but small in physical size.

These small things are the building blocks to greater things. Something adults tend to forget is that in order to walk we must first learn to crawl. By doing these small tasks, Levi was able to play with his trains without any assistance from his mom or I. We watched as he learned to be self-sufficient and we all celebrated these small accomplishments.

God tells us in his word that when we are faithful with the small things, the little things, then He will give us more because we have proven to be faithful (Luke 16:10). But we have to learn to be faithful with the small things. You and I both know that sometimes we just want to be projected in to the bright light of having the greater, fanciest things however we haven’t proven trustworthy of being able to handle such authority or power.

Where do you want to be in five years? Ten years? I ask that question all the time to my clients. I hate that question to be honest but if you have a vision for your life, start small. The bible tells us not to despise humble beginnings in Zechariah 4:10. Start small with a grander vision in mind and be faithful where you are planted as a sapling. When you become a tree with deep roots, you’ll be regarded as wise and nothing can waver you.

*Levi is my 2-year-old and I'm learning life lessons watching him grow

*Levi is my 2-year-old and I’m learning life lessons watching him grow

 

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About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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