It is no secret to anyone that knows me to understand how much I love Disney; Disney World, Disneyland, Disney movies and soundtracks, Disney trivia… the list goes on and on. One of the biggest takeaways from all of this semi-obsession was to always Dream BIG. To think outside the box and achieve it! To reach for the impossible!
Some of my favorite Walt Disney quotes, for example, are the following:
So now that my life is fully revolving around one, soon to be two, little humans, it doesn’t leave much room for dreaming of the impossible anymore. My dreams are full of trying to keep my child safe and healthy, and teaching him right from wrong. My mind is fixed on small tasks like laundry, making sure we don’t run out of diapers, trying to plan meals and eat out less, and finding new spots to put toys that somehow keep multiplying like gremlins.
Last summer, my family relocated our church membership which allowed me to meet some amazing women, some whom also happen to moms of toddlers – going through the same things. Over the past year, we have become great friends, texting throughout the day with prayer requests and embarrassing stories. A couple of these women insisted that I join a ladies Bible study that meets on Thursday mornings. I have been wanting to but said “no” in the past due to various life events (or excuses). Now, it was a great time in my life and schedule to jump in and I am so thankful I did.
Today was the last meeting of that Bible study, which involved women of all ages and stages – full of their own wisdom, reflections, and testimonies. The study we completed was by an amazing author named Melanie Shankle. She is a down-to-earth Texas wife and mother who has an incredible gift of revealing Biblical truths in an upbeat, enjoyable way that is lighthearted and life-changing, all at the same time. The book we completed is titled, “Church of the Small Things.” I am not going to give anything away other than it is a study mostly on the book of Ruth that offered our group some amazing introspection and conversation.
The biggest takeaway for me was that of finding purpose, joy, and my own mission for this somewhat inadventurous time of my life. I LOVE every second that I get to spend with my toddler. Do I love or find purpose in changing all the poopy diapers (especially the ones that come during nap time and ruin the rest of the afternoon since my child is now a cranky-pants monster)? No. Do I see a huge difference in whether or not all the dishes are put in their place? No. That was my perspective before this study.
Now, I view these small things as taking care of the creation that God entrusted me with; displaying what good stewardship of the property that God has allowed me to possess on this Earth; glorifying God by allowing my husband to relax when he gets home from a stressful day at work since the house is already clean. It also has helped me open my eyes to those around me in need of prayer or a neighborly “Hi, how are you doing?” and actually caring about their response instead of rushing to the next thing.
It is my personality to always want to be involved in the big things and honestly, at this time in my life, there is just a ton of small things going on. I’ve learned that it is perfectly Okay to just have small things, and that even the small things are precious to God and can one day turn into BIG things. Somehow in the small things, I was able to write my book, Scars of the Heart, and it does seem like a small thing too at times. Even though no one really knows who I am, I do have the dream and prayer that God does Big Things through it; even if it is just in one or two lives. It brings to mind countless Bible stories of small people being obedient in the small things, that end up having huge impacts.
Basically, whatever stage of life you may be going through, there is a way to be content while finding a meaning behind your tasks. Let your impatience be replaced with contentment. Let your sighing through the repetitive tasks be replaced with a sense of a greater purpose. I still think it is alright to Dream Big, but for now, I, personally, am learning to Dream Small and I’m enjoying every bit of it!
AND THEN… I hear this new song on the radio by Josh Wilson for the first time yesterday. Maybe he just finished reading Melanie’s book too. I hope you enjoy the lyrics as much as I do!
Dream Big or Dream Small, but in it all…
~ Lindsey Alaine
Thanks for visiting! To Read the First Chapter of my New Book, Scars of the Heart, click on Chapter 1: Unahappily Never After Or Pre-order it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Click below to order Melanie Shankle‘s book, “Church of the Small Things.” (Amazon is an affiliate)