Right-sizing

It seems like spiritual formation often involves right-sizing.

There are times when we feel too small, sinful, irredeemable, insignificant, and God reminds us that we are beloved.  We matter.  His strength is perfected in our weakness.

But there are other times (many of them), when we get too full of ourselves.  We imagine ourselves the center of the universe, the masters of control and destiny.  And then, again, we need to be right-sized – to be reminded that we are a small part of God’s large story.  But this in itself is a glorious thing!

“To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.” E. M. Forster”

“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness not one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.  They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty – and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They tell of the power of your awesome works. They tell of the power of your awesome works – and I will proclaim your great deeds.  They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.” Ps. 145:3-7

These pictures are a reminder of those words from Psalm 145.  For more, look here. 

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Image credits: Reinhard Gaemlich

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Location: Iceland | Image credits: Max Rive

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Image credits: Michael Nicholssmall-man-grand-nature-landscape-photography-204

Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA | Image credits: Marsel Van Oosten

How often do you struggle with feeling too big or too small?  What helps you to “right-size”?

1 Comment

  1. Amazing how a smack-down can build you up! It is indeed a glorious thing!

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