Shawnee Presbyterian Church




Big Things Start Small

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
– Vincent Van Gogh

A 7’3″ basketball player didn’t start out that tall. The 350-pound lineman was much lighter at one time. The movie star was once unknown. Both Google and HP were started in garages, not multi-million dollar facilities. Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook were started by college dropouts. Some of our most successful companies started with little or no fanfare.

Even though we know it, we often forget; Big things start small. Jesus said it best in Mark 4:31-32: “It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.” God’s Kingdom starts small too. In verse 30 Jesus says, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it?” Jesus decides that the best illustration for God’s Kingdom is a tiny seed that when planted grows up to be a large plant. So large, that birds find refuge.

I find it interesting that Jesus would use one of the smallest seeds to describe the beginnings of God’s Kingdom. I would think God’s Kingdom would start with a huge bang. We’re talking about God after all. Yet, Jesus uses the image of a small mustard seed. The mustard seed starts out small, but after planting, it doesn’t remain small.

Sometimes I fall into the trap of “go big or go home.” I want to offer a “big” event with lots of people and activity. Yet when I look at what I have to offer sometimes, quite honestly, it pales in comparison to what others have to offer. Others seem smarter, more talented, have more experience, and are just better. They seem to be able to offer the “big” things. What I can offer seems small. What if God’s Kingdom activity starts small? What if my offering, as small as it may be, can be used for great purposes? What if I offer Jesus what I have and what I am, and let him do great things with my offering? What if instead of comparing what I can do to what others do, I simply give to Jesus and see what he does?

Mother Teresa said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” If we apply Mark 4:31-32 to that quote, we can change it to, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love and God can take those small things and do great things.” Big transformations begin with small acts of love. We never know what God will do with our loving actions.
God gives us opportunities all the time. It’s unfortunate when we walk away because what we can offer isn’t “big enough.” My hope is that you don’t walk away and instead allow him to use what you have, no matter how small you think it is. My prayer is that each of us decide this summer to take this to heart, especially around the church. So much is going on already and so much is possible if we each give or connect just a little more to show the world what God can do through Shawnee Presbyterian Church.

In Ministry Together,

Pastor Craig

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  • Help make 200 Lunches Sunday
    July 21st, after worship
    Cross-Lines needs OUR help providing brown bag lunches for their clients.
    Will YOU help make brown bag lunches? We need people to make sandwiches and fill sacks (napkins, fruit cups, drinks, chips, etc.)
    Find out more by clicking here.

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  • Noisy Offering
    Sunday, July 28th
    Will you drop a few extra coins in the ‘noisy offering’?  It will be added to the ‘Love Funds’ SPC established at SMNW High School and Hocker Grove Middle School. 
    Click here for more information.
  • Food When We’re Fed
    Sunday, August 4th
    Food When We’re Fed is a time to remind ourselves to bring food for others every time we gather for communion, which is the first Sunday of each month.  Let’s take this opportunity to make a difference in the world around us.
    To learn more, click here.
  • “Hands-on, Sitting-down”
    Wednesday, August 14th
    Our next meeting will be 10 am to noon at SPC. We will be making lunches.  If you want to become better acquainted with each other while working on projects to help others, this is the perfect opportunity. We do ‘hands-on’ mission projects that can be done while ‘sitting-down’. For more information, contact Maxine Lewis at
    or 913-219-6652.