What happened to the smaller picture?
These days everybody is so busy looking at the bigger picture, in the society we are living today we are often obsessed (and yes I mean obsessed, sometimes unconsciously) with achieving, achieving and achieving, that we forget to take a look at the smaller picture. ‘OK’ I hear you ask in your mind what is she talking about when she says, “bigger picture”?
Well, check this in our jobs we continually aspiring to be the best in the field or become the CEO of the org, in the church we are aiming to become the Pastor, Minister, HOD or chorister leader. Within our circles of friends we want to be the one that stands out, the trendiest, the one always leading or even giving the best of presents on birthdays/occasions. At home, either as a Father or Mother we are constantly struggling to provide the best school, clothes and social upbringing to our kids. We live in a society where we are constantly looking at the bigger picture of life, focused on building the brighter and bigger future etc.
But then I ask again what happened to the smaller picture? What happened to being content and letting the Lord lead and guide us? What happened to us aspiring for a closer relationship with the Lord, or first providing our children with the basic fundamentals of love, and being there for them? Or serving others, as opposed to leading? Imagine this there is no usher to arrange the chairs for the congregation to sit, where would the congregation sit? What happened to just being the best friend there is by providing a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on or sharing a laugh?
Even in the Church today, we seem to have lost track. We are so busy aiming to be the best worker, that we have put our salvation on the back burner. We are so busy running around to organise one meeting or the other that we never have enough time to pray or study our bible. We are so busy trying to build others that we forget to build ourselves. Paul realised the need to also focus on himself: 1 Corinthians 9: 27 “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway”. Sometimes we are so busy focusing on works and building the church we forget the original calling and required love for God Revelation 2: 2-5 “I know your works, your labour, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have laboured for my name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works “