Everybody wants to do great things. We tell our kids they’re destined for greatness. Things that will matter, that will make a difference.
But what is greatness?
“The great arises out of small things that are honored and cared for. Everybody’s life really consists of small things.
Greatness is a mental abstraction and a favorite fantasy of the ego. The paradox is that the foundation for greatness is honoring the small things of the present moment instead of pursuing the idea of greatness.
The present moment is always small in the sense that it is always simple, but concealed within it lies the greatest power.”
– Eckhart Tolle
The great lies in being aware of and doing what God wants you to do in this moment . . .
- listening to your mother-in-law on the phone
- looking eye-to-eye with your child asking for juice
- being fully present with God when you’re praying
- giving attention to words you’re reading
- performing consciously the work you’re doing
Those are simple things.
But, if done intentionally with God, those are also great things.
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