Sitting on the porch at Common Grounds on a rainy morning. One week of classes left. Trying to enjoy the little things, especially when I only have 23 days left in Waco.
As I’m reading through Luke, God has reiterated that every part of the Bible, big or small, has significance. I don’t know how many times I have read or heard the “Christmas Story” in Luke 2, too many to count. It can be so easy to skim through it and think I know the full story, but I am corrected every time.
Normally when I’m reading Luke 2, I find myself stopping after the shepherds visit Jesus. If you continue reading on, you’ll find that there were two important prophecies that happen when Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the temple. Simeon and Anna were both elders in the community. Simeon immediately recognized that Jesus was the son of God. “… [Anna] never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.” (Luke 2: 37) If you did not spend time reading past verse 20, you would never realize that these prophecies are very important to Jesus’ early life. They also show us that we can learn a lot from listening to the older people in our lives.
How many times do we look over people in our own lives and think they only played a small role in our lives? Every person we meet and get to know will teach us something in some way.
I once heard a quote that said, “You are part of a puzzle in someone’s life. You may never know where you fit, but someone’s life many never be complete without you in it.”
What if we approached every relationship this way? Our lives and experiences, good or bad/ small or big, are like puzzle pieces. God sees the whole puzzle in all of its glory and we only see the pieces as we collect them. God sees our significance. We may never know the impact someone is going to make on our lives or us on theirs until weeks, months, or years later.
I encourage you to love on others well, even when you think they only play a small and insignificant part in your life. Trust me friends, they are significant.