“There is a time for big. There is a time for little. There is a time for in-between.” —Carlos Whitaker
We live in a “Go big or go home!” culture.
It seems that everything is about flashy, dazzling, eye-catching, successful and living larger than life.
We’re encouraged to draw big crowds, to attract big followings, to receive big attention, and to garner big likes. It’s a cycle that keeps us seeing big as the only big deal.
So I can’t help but wonder how this mentality reconciles and embraces life’s little moments, the unnoticed moments, the quiet moments and the seemingly insignificant moments?
Are they not as good? Not as cool? Not as worthy of our time, attention, care and concern? Should we see them as not enough?
I find myself drawn to Jesus and the way He lived and loved.
- There were moments He worked big and moments He lived small.
- There were moments He spent in a crowd and moments He got away alone.
- There were moments He was teaching and moments He was praying and listening.
- There were moments of miraculous wonder and moments of one-on-one conversation.
- There were moments of confrontation and moments of silence.
Jesus modelled that life is about all kinds of moments.
- The moments of celebration and the moments of suffering.
- The moments of community and the moments of loneliness.
- The moments of laughter and the moments of tears.
- The moments of giving and the moments of receiving.
- The moments of leading and the moments of serving.
Each moment is important and each moment is necessary — the little moments, the big moments and the in-between moments.
So no matter what moment you’re in, remember no moment is final, every moment in meaningful, every moment has something to offer, and every moment lends collective shape and beauty to the duration of your journey … which is a lifetime of adventure and faith.
Life is about all kinds of moments. Embrace that.
“A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend,
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace.”
—Ecclesiastes 3:2-8 (MSG)