Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Small and Mighty

Daily Gratitude Year 5-Day 81: Today... I am grateful for the small and mighty.

One of my favorite things to see is young people doing big things.A While back, I found a fun blog post on a little girl her parents call "Mayhem". That makes me laugh. Like her parents, she is very creative and likes to create clothing out of found items around the house, mostly papers and packing tape. This is what struck me about their parenting:

When she has an idea... a dress she wants to make... they instruct her to figure it out and THEN they will help her. 

Mayhem knows exactly how many sheets of paper it takes to make herself a top or a skirt. She is taping, cutting, folding and using her imagination. She is developing major critical thinking skills and might one day take over the world. 

On some projects, mom says the labor is 50/50, but little Mayhem is the designer and is constantly working it out in her head. Occasionally, she does a design and production completely on her own, with no help from Mom. She was four when Huffington Post did an article on her where these pictures were found. 

Mayhem is feeding her soul's need to create. Her parents encourage and support her. They don't crush her dreams. They set some limits on what they will buy for her ideas and sometimes, she has to adjust due to "no budget" for that. She does and sometimes that only feeds her creativity. 

Mayhem is living out her soul's need to create with her parents encouragement and support. l love this quote from Margaret Mead:

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead

The small and mighty should never be underestimated. Especially, in this lenten season. 

I think back to about 30 AD... there was a small group of men and women who had walked with a man named Jesus. They were with him as he went from town to town. 

Jesus taught wisely about God from childhood. In his ministry, He healed the sick, returned sight to the blind, healed the lepers, multiplied a little food to feed thousands, raised the dead... and then, was brutally crucified and raised from the dead. He conquered death that we might have life. Death could not hold him. He won. So, we could win, too. 

For those who believe... we are to suit up in the full armour of God and share the good news. Our attire is not made of paper and tape. That would not do. 

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil." -Ephesians 6:10-11

We can be strong because we have God gear when worldly mayhem breaks out. 

We are reminded: 

"Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.  -1 John 4:4

What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us? -Romans 8:31

Like Miss Mayhem has loving  and supportive parents that grow her, guide her, teach her and let her think for herself... so our Heavenly Father loves us. 

A tiny movement of love, light, hope, justice and mercy continues to make the insufferable more bearable. A small group of committed citizens can make a difference. 

Today... I am grateful for the small and mighty. I am grateful that although we are small... He is mighty. 

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