There’s no person too small for God to use.
As someone who works in higher education, I have been interested in the recent emergence of the idea of microaggressions. These started out as the sort of things that people cluelessly say around people they don’t understand very well. For example, I can imagine a student I had last semester getting really irritated when people wonder if he speaks Chinese. First, his family has roots in Korea. Second, they’ve been in the U.S. for four generations. It would be like expressing surprise that I don’t speak German since most of my ancestors came from there. (As a bonus, this student, who was pursuing a degree in graphic design, got sick of the assumption that he must be good in math.) Those statements are not intentionally hurtful--usually--but they would get really old really soon.
More recently, some academics have decided to throw pretty much everything into the category of microaggressions. One went so far as to accuse me (or anybody like me) of transgressing by speaking correct, conventional English.
I’m all for avoiding genuine microaggressions. More to the point, if my saying or doing something that I can easily avoid irritates you, I’ll try to stop. It’s only polite.
But I’m much more interested in microaffections. What if we could fill our world with a few dozen kind acts each day--acts like sharing a lunch. When that boy gave his lunch, he didn’t really do anything of consequence. But then Jesus took that microaffection and transformed it into a macro-miracle. (Yes, I’m making up words today!)
If you’re like me, you are no big deal. But God can work through the small acts of middling people to do amazing things. But it takes a willingness to trust that a microaffection can become something greater in the hands of someone greater.
- Do you consider yourself a small player in God’s overall plan? Why or why not?
- Think of a time when you performed a microaffection and saw that action transformed into something greater than it should have been.
- Pray that God will open your eyes to the opportunities for you to be a part of something greater.