Dream Small

I am surrounded by amazing women. Truly. I have friends who are so incredibly talented–ones who sew brilliantly, ones who write published books, ones who can teach a workout class like the Beachbody pros, ones who write songs, ones who bake Pinterest-worthy creations, and who can decorate and pull together an event that looks like it belongs in a magazine. Ahem, Pam Sykes, ahem.  Click here for a glimpse of what this woman can do!

How do these women do it? I know this isn’t all they do. They also take care of their families, serve in their churches, and do laundry like the rest of us. Yet their talents often take my—and others’—breath away.

In the past when this level of talent was displayed in front of me, my insecurity would have looked for ways to un-celebrate these women. Ridiculous, I know. Jealous, maybe. But honestly, it’s what I did to make myself feel better. “When you have lots of help with your kids, you can do things like that.” “When you have money, of course it would be easy to do such and such.”

When, when, when. If, if, if.

Why do we do this? Is it just me? Is it just women?

Thank God I’ve matured (okay, I’m working on it)! I have a ways to grow yet, but I’m so thankful I can stand back now and applaud the gifts and abilities of those around me. Why the change of heart? Because I was not born to do what they do, or in the way they can do it.

Sure, I may still have moments when I wish I could cook like Connie, write like Shelly, have an household and family that is full of love and organized like Rebecca, create and captivate like Gloria, sing like Kari (she also runs her own country at home), girls-and-womenor do ANYTHING like Joanne (seriously, pick a gift, this woman has it, I’m convinced). Now, though, I embrace these women as part of my life instead of comparing myself to them. I learn from them, and I admire the way God uses them in their gifting—the ones we can see and the many more that we don’t see.

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He’s using me too. In the midst of building forts, 18 loads of laundry, picking up the
couch cushions a dozen times a day, and clipping sets of nails, it’s been easy to lose sight of my gifts, but I have purpose too. I’m changing the world in small ways, and so are you.

 

I am good at encouraging people. I see ways God is using them, and I tell them to lift them up.

I make amazing spaghetti.

I can teach an object lesson like nobody’s business.

I have a quick wit (sometimes that gets me into trouble, but is mostly fun).

I have a good singing voice (I’m no Kari, but I’m not bad).

I am an excellent story teller (I have a ton of material).

I am a good teacher. I’m not your Pinterest teacher or your “everybody-wants-to-copy-my-lesson-plans- teacher”, but I care deeply about my students, and can usually find ways to make them feel loved, special, and appreciated.

I am fairly organized.

I am thoughtful.

I am a grammar/spelling wizard. If you need something proofread, send it on over.

I am a good friend.  

I try hard to give my boys what they need (healthy food, exercise, laughter, love).

 

Dreaming big is important. I want to continue to grow and have more impact and see God do big things through me.

Dreaming small is important as well, though. I want to give God what I have. Right now. In this season. And let him do big things with it, much like how that little boy in the Bible gave Jesus his lunch—two fish and five loaves of bread—and Jesus fed over 5000 people with it. He can bless and multiply our little gifts, and our big ones. It’s okay that my gifts don’t look like anyone else’s. God needs both of us, all of us to reach the world around us with our own unique flavour.

Thank-you, my friends, for sharing your talents with us. The quiet gifts, the spoken ones, the seemingly small, the not-so-small—you’re changing the world. Dream small.

“Dream Small”
By Josh Wilson

It’s a momma singing songs about the Lord
It’s a daddy spending family time the world said he cannot afford
These simple moments change the world
It’s a pastor at a tiny little Church
Forty years of loving on the broken and the hurt
These simple moments change the world

Dream small
Don’t bother like you’ve gotta do it all
Just let Jesus use you where you are
One day at a time
Live well
Loving God and others as yourself
Find little ways where only you can help
With His great love
A tiny rock can make a giant fall
Dream small

It’s visiting the widow down the street
Or dancing on a Friday with your friend with special needs
These simple moments change the world
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with bigger dreams
Just don’t miss the minutes on your way, your bigger things, no
‘Cause these simple moments change the world

So dream small
Don’t bother like you’ve gotta do it all
Just let Jesus use you where you are
One day at a time
Live well
Loving God and others as yourself
Find little ways where only you can help
With His great love
A tiny rock can make a giant fall
So dream small

Keep loving, keep serving
Keep listening, keep learning
Keep praying, keep hoping
Keep seeking, keep searching
Out of these small things and watch them grow bigger
The God who does all things makes oceans… from rivers

So dream small
Don’t bother like you’ve gotta do it all
Just let Jesus use you where you are
One day at a time
Live well
Loving God and others as yourself
Find little ways where only you can help
With His great love
A tiny rock can make a giant fall
Yeah, five loaves and two fish can feed them all
So dream small
Dream small

 

8 thoughts on “Dream Small

  1. Love your blog and your talent to write. Thank you for being you and loving your family through seasons of highs and lows. By far the best spaghetti! Yes we are here to help one another up!

    Love you!

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  2. Shauna, you’re incredible. In many ways, I’m envious of your talents and I know I speak for others when I say that. ❤️

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    1. That’s very kind of you. You are one of the women who really amaze me. I hope you can recognize how incredible you are ❤️

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  3. You are very thoughtful and encouraging! And you give so much to your family and friends! I want I taste your spaghetti!! 😊

    Thanks for the reminder that every little dream counts!!

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    1. Thank you April! There are so many things that awe me about you. I’m thankful for our friendship and the way you have taught me so much along the way. Love you!

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  4. Dearest Sweet Shauna, You are one special lady. You are talented, smart, beautiful & always have a sweet ❤ heart. Love reading your blog & seeing pictures of your beautiful family. You are just like your sweet mother. Hugs

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