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Samuel said,

“Although you were once small in your own eyes,

did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel?”

1 Samuel 15:17


A woman shared that, decades ago, as a younger woman she regularly got involved with married men.  She said that it took her a long time to realize the damage that she did to the wives.  She was clueless about the pain and suffering she caused others.  She ended by saying, “When you think you’re insignificant & worthless, then nothing that you do really matters”. 


Years ago, I heard a Pastor speak on the fact that, when we believe we’re insignificant, we do things to try to make ourselves important, and oftentimes those things can be self-destructive and painful to other people.  He used 1 Samuel as his reference point.


The smallest things, good or bad, make a difference in other people’s lives.  I look back in gratitude at Glenn.  Decades ago, when I was a first year student in college, I remember going to an on-campus dinner given specifically for incoming freshman as a part of our Orientation week.  I am introverted, but have gained enough in maturity and insight over the years to be able to feel comfortable at formal functions where I don’t know anyone.  Back then, over 20 years ago, I was a basket case.  Even though I wasn’t technically late, it seemed that all the tables were full of people & everyone was happily chattering with other freshman, as though they’d come from the same high school together.  As I was standing there, feeling really awkward, and wondering where to sit & what to do, all of a sudden this guy, Glenn, waved me over & said that there was a seat at the table where he was.


He wasn’t trying to get anything from me.  Glenn was just a good guy.  He facilitated a lot of the conversation at the table.  Over the 4 years that we were both in school, I saw him intermittently & we always greeted one another; but we never became friends and I don’t know where he is today.  All I know is how grateful I was that he saved me from a really awkward situation.  All these years later, that small act of kindness still sticks in my head.  I try to “pay it forward” by being welcoming to other people who are new at work, or at church, or in other social situations.


Everything that we do makes a difference, because God created us for a purpose.  There’s no need for anyone to be “small” in their own eyes.


“. . . what is mankind that you are mindful of them,

human beings that you care for them?

You have made them a little lower than the angels

and crowned themwith glory and honor.”

Psalm 8:4-5




BOW is my first experience in blogging, and my writing has undergone an evolution since I started. I use If I Knew Then What I Know Now to think aloud about my Christian walk. When you read it, my hope is that WE (the BOW community & friends) then discuss how to apply God's word into our everyday lives in a practical manner. As Christian lay-theologians, we'll talk about our world, and how we can be in it but not of it. So whatever your thoughts are about what you read, PLEASE share.
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