Jesus clearly valued quality, not quantity….
We live in a society that is obsessed with the size of things. How big is your house, your status, your bank account? How big is your company? One of the challenges every spiritreneur faces is: How big should I be? “Bigger is always better” seems to be the mantra in business.
Yet Jesus clearly valued quality, not quantity. He hand-picked only a few disciples, when he could have had a cast of thousands. He traveled no more than thirty miles, displaying a desire to perform a series of meaningful acts at home, rather than conquer the world.
An often overlooked fact is that the huge Fortune 500 companies employ only 15 percent of America’s workforce. The lions that really have the roar are the accumulated small businesses, which employ 85 percent of the workers in the United States. It is the quality of output of these small firms that determines the true strength of this nation.
Yet many small businesses owners yearn to get bigger, often to their detriment. They can grow to the point of losing control, sacrificing quality of life, sometimes breaking up families in the process. They fall prey to the sizzle and lose the steak.
I personally admire the Quaker religion, which has an aversion to counting converts. One Quaker I spoke with told me, “We don’t want numbers to be a source of pride—or a goal— of what we do. We are just here to serve the Lord, as best we can.”
God does not care how big you are….
I learned the lesson of respecting small things when as a twelve-year-old I was assigned to a horse at camp that must have been a runt at birth. As I dejectedly watched all the older girls lead off their shining palominos and glorious sorrel quarterhorses, I thought to myself, “I’ll never win any ribbons now.”
The wrangler, Jake, must have read my mind. As he cinched up the saddle on my short, scrawny horse, he said, “Don’t worry, kiddo. He ain’t big, but he’s big enough.”
In fact, Big Enough was his name. When the final class started, it rained. Unfortunately I had forgotten to secure my yellow rain slicker on the back of the saddle. When Big Enough launched out of the gate to run the barrels, the slicker came loose and fanned out behind us like a huge yellow cape. I will never forget hanging on for dear life as Big Enough proceeded to twist, buck, turn, and squeal trying to unseat both me and the cape. I remembered that Jake had said, “The secret to staying on is to see you and your horse as one. Don’t ever let daylight come between you and the saddle.” I didn’t, finally guiding him to a stop after a full two minutes of rodeo. At the end of the camp, to my delight and surprise, I received an award for outstanding horsemanship. When the camp owner handed out the award, he said, “She might not know how to tie on a rain slicker, but she sure knows how to stay on a horse.”
I think about that story a lot for us spiritreneurs, because ultimately we will be judged not by the size of the horse we rode, but by how well we handled the horse we were assigned.
God does not care how big you are. He wants to know the size of your heart. If your business is a reflection of that, then you are a success.
Jesus knew he was big enough.
Do you have feelings that you and your endeavor are not big enough?
If so, where do these feelings come from?
How can you combat the ego’s need for constant comparisons?
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Remember, Spiritreneurs, to look inside and ask only one question: Is my heart Big Enough for God? And let the answer be yes.
Blessings for your week of living as a #Spiritreneur,