"I am the smallest giant in the world." This line written in The Phantom Tollbooth stands out as communicating a wonderful paradox. By itself, it captures a thought that represents our church quite well. For this reason, I propose it become the church motto for the coming year.
Last Saturday our strategic planning team spent the morning envisioning what the coming year could look like if (1) we remain faithful to our mission, and (2) God blesses the work. Some of what was proposed were wild statements of faith that clearly were trusting God for more than we can do on our own. This was refreshing, exhilarating and motivating. The question then is, "How can you envision being used of God so powerfully when your church is still so small."
Answer: "Easy. I am the smallest giant in the world."
The use that God can make of a body of believers is not tied to their size, but his. God is big, with big plans for fulfilling his mission to the nations. Any followers of Christ that participate are made bigger by association. I may look quite small compared to the immense challenges ahead, but in Christ I am the smallest giant in the world.