There is something in the human heart that whispers, “Small is insignificant.”


We all desire big in our lives, because we believe big is always better.    We want a bigger title, a bigger house, or a bigger car.  We want a big famous name in the papers, or the news or on the best seller’s list.  Or maybe our big would be for someone, to simply notice the clean underwear we folded in the drawer.


Along with our desire for big we take great effort to hide the broken. 


We hide our imperfect or broken marriages, our tattooed children, the mentally ill family member, the child who lives with many and marries none, and any brokenness from our past.  We hide the loneliness and the hunger for a real friend who will listen and not use it for gossip later.


We see the broken pieces of our lives and desire to be made whole.  We believe the broken shards of a once beautiful dream make us useless to God.


Small doesn’t mean useless, and broken doesn’t mean failure.

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Your days were written in the book of life long before you crawled out of the presence of God and into your mother’s belly.  When God created you He called you “good.”  He knew there would be broken dreams and broken lives.  Because He has plans for you,  He allows the breaking to happen.


I heard Tony Evans say this week, “God allows what He hates, to achieve what He loves.”


God hates the sorrow you go through.  But He loves when your small broken places are the perfect size to reach deep into the cracks of a breaking heart of another.  We bind the wounds of others best when we have experienced a similar wound.


You are the salt of the earth.  All salt is small and broken.


 “We all have big dreams and yet we live most of our lives in the small.  It is in the small we find the truest part of ourselves.”  ~Jennifer Lee


When everything around us is breaking into small pieces, you begin to recognize the quarry from which you have been hewn.


Important doesn’t necessarily mean it must be big.   You are important!  You count!


When you allow your unique life, your odd shaped broken pieces, to be used to heal the wound of another then your small grains of salt become life changing.  It brings the flavor of Christ into an otherwise bland world. 


Your broken and small are big and mighty in the hand of Christ.  You are salt that brings forth the richness of Christ into a hurting world.


How have you seen God use your small broken grains of salt for something big?




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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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