Small Moments

26 Mar

Small Moments: aka Seed Stories. We have many seeds to plant.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

We all have a story.  When we teach students to write their stories we ask them to focus on the small moments.  Sometimes we use the metaphor of seed stories and watermelon stories.

Watermelon stories go like this:  Summer vacation was great.  We went to the beach, and then we hiked, and then we went out to eat, and then we visited Disney World.  Yadda yadda.

Seed stories are small moments that take on an importance when they’re looked at carefully.  For example, you might write about a moment on the beach where you felt completely at peace watching the children play and the waves come in.

If we are to do everything to the glory of God, small moments are important.  We even eat and drink to the glory of God.  I treasure these small moments–these seed stories–in my heart:

  • When my grandson was saved because he read about his grandpa’s salvation in a book that I wrote for him.
  • Reading to my four grandchildren who were strewn around me like kittens.
  • Mike and I studying a complex verse together.
  • Preparing dinner for my guests.
  • Taking my grand-daughters (at least the three who would appreciate it) out for dessert at a fancy restaurant, giving them flowers, and reading a book about how much God loves them while we waited for dessert.

I’m not tooting my own horn.  We all have small moments worth treasuring.  As we make God’s presence visible in our relationships we glorify Him!  Let’s challenge ourselves to focus on revealing Him to others today and the seeds will be as the seeds of a dandelion, flying this way and that to be planted in the lives of others.  What small moments are you treasuring today?

I planted the seed, Apollos [or someone else] watered it, but God has been making it grow.  1 Cor. 3:6

Photo courtesy of:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/33103226@N00/465686800

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4 Responses to “Small Moments”

  1. Mary March 26, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    JUST beautiful!!! And so TRUE!! We love you and your husband so much. Praying for you! Convention and coffee or tea ok?

  2. susanjean March 29, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    Mary, your father’s death has me so thinking about those small moments. Gather them up and treasure them like jewels. Write them down. These jewels can get lost.
    Convention and coffee or tea more than ok!

  3. business daily April 4, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    Its the small moments that build to form the whole of our life..In William George Jordan wrote . The reformer must realize without a trace of bitterness that the busy world cares little for his struggles. Its not about becoming a superstar on the glittering stage of life..Its about being aware of the small and simple things and taking advantage of them at the right moments..Its about encouraging words and extended hands when you have no audience.

    • susanjean April 7, 2011 at 11:24 am #

      I don’t know the work of William George Jordan, but I like what you said about “the encouraging words and extended hands WHEN YOU HAVE NO AUDIENCE. That’s, after all, the definition of character.

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