The Small and Insignificant

I work home alone a lot these days so it is easy to feel that I’m insignificant. I sometimes ask myself, “Does my work matter on a bigger scale?” It is easy for many of us doing work at home or even in small schools to devalue our toil by seeing it as small and insignificant.

Let me share a quote that I love to use at my summer conferences from Eugene Peterson:
The metaphors Jesus used for the life of ministry are frequently images of the single, the small, and the quiet, which have effects far in excess of their appearance: salt, leaven, seed. Our culture publicizes the opposite emphasis: the big, multitudinous, the noisy.

We live in a world where an acorn can produce a thousand forests. Based on the dynamics of the Kingdom, God has and will continue to use the efforts of “the small” in a global way in this endeavor we are calling “classical and Christian education”.

May he continue to bless the efforts of “the small”.

2 Responses

  1. Mothers the world over thank you! Or at least, I was encouraged to read this this morning.

  2. James,
    I work at home alone a lot too, and sometimes ask myself the same question. Thanks for the words of encouragement!

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