Don't Be Afraid of Doing The Big Things

I was out walking and doing some errands yesterday when I passed by the little local art and framing shop. The shop is owned by Donna, and she is the one who generously framed – and re-framed – the large Divine Mercy image.

After some greetings, she gave me her condolences on my mother’s passing. I told her how appreciative we were of her framing the image, and how that image was so important in the last days of my mother’s life here. I told her how special and precious she is to Jesus for framing the image. I told her that He will reward her greatly, that she is very blessed.

Now, times are tough for little local businesses, especially art and framing businesses. So she is a little worried these days for her livelihood.

“Do you think Jesus is really doing something for me?” She asked.

“Well, you did something very important for Him. That image has affected a lot of people and will affect a lot of people’s lives.” I told her that she has nothing to worry about with her little business, that Jesus rewards greatly those who do the littlest things for Him.

“Really? I only did what I do.”

“Not everyone would do what you did.”

“Well, that’s true. Some people wouldn’t have.” Then she said something that made me stop.

“See, I’m not afraid to do the big things.”


When God came to Mary, He knew that she was not afraid to do the big things. “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High.” (Lk 1:31-32) When Jesus came into Peter’s life, He knew that Peter was not afraid to do the big things. “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” (Lk 5:4)

There is no one Jesus loves more than little ones who are not afraid to do the big things. Mary is one of these. Peter is one of these. Donna is one of these.

Are you?

2 thoughts on “Don't Be Afraid of Doing The Big Things

  1. It depends on what the big thing is for me. I once took on something so big, it defeated me and perhaps also its whole purpose. Having done it, I’d like to say it increased my fortitude. Ha. 🙂 On the other hand, God tells us His grace is sufficient for us, and so we may trust that He will haul some good out of any effort..will multiply it with His own love.


  2. Yes, I can relate, how true. I find that I can sometimes take on something big on my own, a big thing of my own choosing, instead of His. He has another big thing in mind, but the realizing of it takes more patience than I have – so I take on my own big plan instead. Of course it always sounds good to me and will make a big difference for others. And then I fall on my face…

    For me, it is like the temptation of the Lord in the desert to be king of the world…

    But in those failures, I think the real purpose comes to light to me: “You can do nothing without me.” “Wait for the Lord.”


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