I click on the World Meters page and watch the numbers rise and fall before my eyes. Over 7 billion people on the planet. 119,439 births and 83,458 deaths so far today. Woah. And there’s only One who has every hair on every head numbered. Only One who welcomes each person to earth and watches over their last breath. Only One.
You see, we can never be big. Only God is big.
And we can never be small. Because God says we matter.
We tend to get so focused on size in this world. How many Facebook friends do we have, how many people came to our party, how many contributed to our cause? We have arbitrary numbers chosen in our mind that mean “big” and others that mean “small.” And all the while God shakes His head with a bemused smile and says, “That’s not what it’s about at all.”
Because whenever we label something “big” or “small” it’s always a comparison to something else. Comparison is dangerous because it’s about more or less. It pushes us either toward pride or insecurity. And all the while the One who made us is trying to remind our hearts, “I don’t compare you with anyone. And I alone am beyond compare.”
You can give a hug to one person or a speech to one million and it’s all the same to God if your heart is doing it as an act of worship.
I am not big.
You are not big.
I am not small.
You are not small.
And the same goes for anything and everything we do.
So when we feel the pressure to be “big” in some way, we can remind ourselves that God alone gets to claim that word. And when we face the temptation to feel small, we can remind ourselves that every hair on our heads is numbered by a wild and glorious God.
You can let go of “big” as well as “small” and instead simply be.
Be certain that your worth is beyond measure.