I recently gave a speech at my Toastmasters club meeting which I had entitled “Dream Small. My main project goal was to inspire the audience, and with a title like ‘dream small’ I think I had many of them wondering if I was speaking from the correct project. A minute or so into my speech the audience had a much clearer understanding, and I would like to share that with you.
The whole idea of the speech and its title is simply the fact that it is the little things in life that usually make a big difference. I think most of us know this to be true, but we still get so caught up setting these high and lofty goals that we oftentimes ignore the “smaller” and more important things in our life. As a result, it is possible that relationships with others and our own peace and joy will suffer.
In my speech I used the example of the life of John McCain, the Senator from Arizona who had just recently passed away. By all accounts the life of John McCain was full of “big things.” From his days as a POW in Vietnam to his decades of service in the U.S. government, he had an impact on many people’s lives. As I thought about his life and death, I began to think more about his friends and family and those people who knew him best. I believe that in the weeks and months after his death, it will likely be many of those “small” moments that will stand out most for them. Whether it was the late night phone calls to his wife to say goodnight, the last minute flight back home to see his child’s school event, or the extra ten minutes he took mentoring his intern, it is these small and unseen acts that will likely have the most lasting impact on those who knew him best.
The idea of dreaming small can and should be recognized in both our personal and professional life. We all know that big things have small beginnings. If a one thousand mile trek begins with just a step, and a great building is built one brick at a time, why should we believe that greatness in our own lives should not begin small.
I believe we would also do well to remember that it was a lowly shepherd boy who slayed a giant, five loaves and two fish fed five thousand, and it is the tiny mustard seed that outgrows all the other garden plants. Biblical examples of small beginnings can literally go on and on there are so many.
So how about you? Do you need to make any adjustments in your own life?
I challenge you to begin looking at the “small things” in your life a little differently, and recognize and accept that this is right where God needs you to be today.