It’s hard to imagine that majestic oak trees start out as tiny acorns. Master storyteller Max Lucado teaches that each one of us was created for a special purpose in his book, The Oak Inside the Acorn, a heartwarming parable that inspires, motivates, and encourages children of all ages to be the absolute best they can be for God by living for His glory.
In the story Little Acorn sees himself as small, insignificant, and unsure of his purpose in life. Even after he grows into Big Oak, he still wonders what he is here to do. He tries to produce flowers like his friend Pink Petunia and to grow oranges like his friends the orange trees, but to no avail. Little Acorn finally discovers that his mighty branches were created for a very special purpose in God’s kingdom.
The same is true for you. Regardless of where this finds you right now, you have been created by God for God. And God doesn’t make any junk; you have been “fearfully and wonderfully made” to be used by God to accomplish His purposes in this world.
So . . . what kind of tree has God made you to be? What talents, abilities, and gifts have you been given that God is calling you to put into faithful service in His kingdom?
Perhaps your critics have convinced you that you really don’t have much to offer or that your goals and dreams are beyond your reach. This was the beginning of Joseph’s story.
They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits. Then we will say that a fierce animal has devoured him, and we will see what will become of his dreams.”
You remember the rest of the story don’t you? When God gives you a dream . . . a goal . . . a burning desire to be more than you are . . . to be a big Christian . . . you can be assured that He will give you everything you need to get it done. Sure, you can expect a few detours. You will encounter obstacles. Some waves of challenge will wash over you. But you can be assured that when you are pursuing what God wants for your life, nothing can stand in the way. Not even angry brothers with intent to kill!
Perhaps you have been listening to a fearful inner voice. It’s true, nobody wants to fail, but living a life of safety is no way for a child of the Most High God to live! Such a life is marked by growing into only a fraction of the person God is calling you to be. Theodore Roosevelt gave a speech 100 years ago that has inspired generations of Americans:
It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
Some people spend a lifetime dreaming dreams but never wake up. They go to their graves with their music still inside of them. I cannot imagine anything worse than to reach the end of one’s life, knowing it was spent on the sidelines watching instead of out on the field playing.
Big oaks grow from little acorns. God is calling you to grow up into Christ and make an eternal difference in this world, and that starts by growing right where you are currently planted.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!