As I’ve grown older, I’ve realized that we inherit abundant life when big things become small and small things become big. What I mean is that although society teaches us that fulfillment comes when we attain wealth or find worldly success, the truth is that the seemingly ordinary and less glamorous things in life are actually the fabric of contentment, happiness, and productivity. Though I’ve traveled all over the world, I just love New York City. There’s something about that bustling metropolis that allures me, because it seems to represent the American spirit under a magnifying glass. And while many imagine New Yorkers being stern and mean, I haven’t found that to be the case at all. In fact, when I go, I observe two kinds of people — there are the Wall Street types who run around in expensive suits and act important, but who seem to be almost brittle and hollow on the inside. Then there are the “salt of the earth” kind — those who are stubborn, hardworking, and family-loving. These are the ones who exemplify what’s best about humanity, because they understand that the small things are more important than wealth, power, and prestige. And while there’s nothing wrong with having worldly treasure, it can’t be truly enjoyed when it’s achieved at the expense of God and others. Our Lord has given us a distinct order of priorities in which the things of His Kingdom always come first. When we submit our lives to His ways and allow big things to become small, the peace we inherit empowers us to tackle even greater feats in His strength.
My friend, I encourage you to regularly make time to examine your priorities. While it’s a temptation to set your mind on getting ahead and to daydream about living the high life, the truth is that happiness isn’t found there. Everything you need to be a peaceful, joyful, and influential person is already in your possession — it’s just a matter of perspective. If you’ve been feeling dissatisfied and discontent, grab a piece of paper and write out a list of your blessings. Jot down everything you’re thankful for, and I promise that your outlook will change. Determine each day to make the small things in your life big — then invite Jesus to use what you have —and you will be set to inherit spiritual power that will accomplish more than any kind of worldly position.