I’ve been reading more about St. Therese of Lisieux, a French Carmelite nun who lived before the turn of the 20th century. She died just shy of her 25th birthday of tuberculosis. Although Therese suffered from chronic headaches and other illnesses, she embraced God’s love so thoroughly it consumed her.
Struck with the humility God’s love nurtured within her, I’ve been diving into this young woman’s story.
Therese saw herself as little in the kingdom: “you can see that I am a very little soul and that I can offer God only very little things“. She pictured herself as a small flower, a tiny bit of beauty offering a moment of pleasure to the passerby. She also called herself a “little plaything“, a small ball in the hands of the child Jesus.
And yet, from her littleness Therese loved God with every ounce of her being. We can’t help but know God was pleased with her.
I began to wonder how often we praise those who want to be Jesus’ “little plaything“. It is hard for us to be happy with being humbly small, a little in the kingdom.
While it’s important to dream big for God, it’s equally important to dream small for God. It’s beautiful when a woman starts an organization to help protect others from sexual exploitation; it’s also beautiful when a man lovingly makes a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for his little girl.
Are you willing to be little for the kingdom?
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