Read Luke 16:10
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.”
A Message for Students & Young Adults
Young people, just reaching out after life, are much more anxious to lay hold of the right things than many of us more mature people give them credit for.
A recent conversation about rules for living with a young man, who came around to talk, still has me thinking. He has a potential that might well project him into a field of life where his usefulness would mean much to many.
Right now, he is confused. “You used a phrase some time back that fits me like a glove” he said with a smile. “You said sometimes, a man will have a lost feeling — like a ball in high weeds.”
I remember that phrase, but not in the connection in which he used it. “That’s me,” he said. “I’m in college, in fact will be soon graduating, but there are times when I feel just like that.” Then he asked for a formula that would give him assurance that his life would mean something — to himself and to others.
I gave him one that someone gave me many years ago. It did me good and I thought it might help him. I will pass it along because it might even help others.
1. “The good Lord has a place for you in the scheme of things.” That very thought if accepted and acted upon, will make a man stand up to life. It encourages one to feel that you are not left out, but that in God’s plan of life there is a special part for you.
2. “You can find that place.” The first puzzle question is “How?” Study the Scriptures. Read biography. Dig into the lives of people who have “arrived” and you will see that it was mainly by knowing what were whistle stops and what were real destinations.
I say with assurance that a man can find his place and know for sure that it is his real place. I look back and see the whistle stops I once thought were the destinations. Computer Science once looked to me like a destination. Then being a graphic designer in San Francisco. I even once thought I would like to be a Missionary. At the moment, they all looked like destinations. Now I know they were just whistle-stops. Just don’t get off the train before you arrive.
3. When you have found your place, don’t grumble because it is small, if it is small. Discharge every duty as though the destiny of all humanity depended on your faithfulness. Maybe you will never arrive at a large place as the world judge’s largeness.
Who can tell what a big place is? Impossible, just as you cannot tell who the “big preachers” are. Anyone who has a place, even a small place, and does his work in a big way, is a great person. You should read Rudyard Kiplinger about “When earth’s last picture is painted, and the tubes are all twisted and dried” His greatest line is “But each for the joy of the working, And each, in his separate star, Will draw the thing as he sees it. For the God of things as they are!”
Just remember these three simple facts. There is a place for me. If I try hard enough, I can find my place. And finally, if I will fill that place to the best of my ability, life will smile upon me and reward me for my work.
Prayer: “Lord, help me to diligent in the smallest of things, in the place where I am, not missing today as I yearn to be elsewhere. If anything matters, everything matters. Amen”
David V. Jimenez