How to grow up to be a BIG man.

Posted: February 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

I’m 5 feet tall.
Yup, I’m a full grown man who grew to be the size of an average 5th grader.
I’m a short dude in a culture where height is a really BIG deal.
I’m actually alright with that.
Because, as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to realize that height and stature are two TOTALLY different things.
I’m a short guy, but, that doesn’t mean I have to be a little man.

Height and stature are two totally different things.

BIG men come in all different sizes.

BIG men know who they are, they have nothing to prove or push.

Little men come in all different sizes.

You can recognize a little man by the BIG chip on his shoulder.
They are constantly trying to prove their worth and importance.
They often do this by trying to make others small.
Little men belittle.
They bully.
They have a funhouse mirror distorted image of manhood.
They define strength with weak expectations.
Their insecurity or arrogance make them feel a need to get BIGGER.
They think they can be a BIG deal by making others smaller than them.
It’s really sad.

Somewhere along the line, some people stop growing on the inside.
(The inside is where the most important growth happens.)
Maybe, they stopped growing because someone stopped believing in them.
Then, they stopped believing in themselves.
Belief is the building block for BIG.
We need to believe in a BIG God who does BIG stuff with the smallest things.
We need to know that others believe in us, just the way we are, or we will never change.
We need to believe in ourselves.
We need to believe that we are beloved or else we will belittle.

BIG men have nothing to prove.
BIG men come in all different sizes.

God doesn’t seem to be super impressed by height:
“The Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
The BIGGEST men are willing to do small things to make others BIG.

As a BIG man, I should imitate THE BIG man, Jesus, who became small so that we could live BIG:
“Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8)

BIG men come in all different sizes, stages and stories.

Be BIG.

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