Even Small Things Are Great

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Even Small Things Are Great

Every person longs for recognition. It is the yearning of the ego to seek love. We feel good upon receiving praise from our superior. We float with pride when we are rated on top of others. Giving honor and reward to those who have accomplished great things is a good way of valuing. Rightly done, it affirms their being created in the image of God.

On the other hand, we must be careful of the way the world gives recognition. The criterion it sets to receive award tends to discriminate and devalue those who have no superior talents and winning personalities. Small people with limited capacity and resources are in a disadvantage position. The standard for becoming great is tilted to those who are endowed with opportunity to succeed according to worldly agenda. Little people compete against the odds in a world that measures success in terms of bigness and becoming number one.

Status-seeking feeds the human nature’s quest for ego tripping. It works for show. It entertains people who are awed and dazzled by what they see. Being cheered and hailed by the adoring crowd awakens the hidden desire to feel like a god. It is a dangerous game that precedes downfall (Lk 14:11).

Jesus values the greatness of people differently. Often times, it is not what they can show off but what is hidden in the heart that Jesus recognizes. The rich who put large gifts out of their riches never impressed Jesus. The one he admired is a poor widow who could only afford “two very small copper coins” but gave everything to share. Jesus said, “all these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (Lk 21:4). Small gifts are great when they are given out of love and pure heart. Those who can perform big things are not always the big shots in the eye-searching of God.

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