If you’ve been reading this blog for long you know my delight with Zechariah 4:10 that cautions “do not despise the day of small things.” so this week I thought I’d share some “small things” that have inspired or delighted me.
Twice in the past two weeks we’ve spent time in D.C. and every time I’m here I’m distressed by the many homeless people on the street. I bring a supply of McDonald’s gift cards to give to those in need, but it’s such a small thing for such a big problem.
- I was inspired to see this story about someone else doing a small act of kindness that is so thoughtful.
2. Can you tell what this is?
It may sound crazy but it is the trail of a worm who made it from one end of a clay tennis court to the other. I absolutely marveled at the courage and resolve of this little guy.
Did he get lonely? Discouraged? Scared? Did he consider that his efforts might end in failure or death? I know, I know…it’s a worm. But still!
This small picture of bravery made me think of small, but powerful efforts to resist violence in the Middle East.
This week John and I have been privileged to attend a leadership gathering hosted by The Telos Group, a remarkable organization committed to being pro Israeli, pro Palestinian, and pro peace. They have drawn together many of my heroes.
- Robi Damelin, and Israeli mom who lost her son to a Palestinian sniper, working side by side with Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian whose 10-year-old daughter was gunned down by an Israeli soldier.
- Daoud Nassar, a Palestinian Christian farmer surrounded by Israeli settlements and subjected to repeated persecution whose message is “We refuse to be enemies” and continues to respond to oppression with love.
- Roni Keidar, a British Israeli living on the border to the Gaza strip, building bridges between people of all different faiths and political leanings.
Might you take a minute to pray for these hidden heroes who are doing small but courageous acts of love in hard places?
3. I’ve been reading a book with a small word for a title.
Mark Batterson wrote IF to unpack Romans 8, the chapter about God’s unshakeable love, verse by verse. I’ve been reading this devotionally, one chapter a day. Mark is inspiring and challenging as always. This is a book about possibilities!
4. A small dessert – Mini Caramel Apple Cheesecakes, a recipe I pinned from Cooking Classy. Check it out!