Thinking small vs. thinking BIG: Around my house…we’re all big-time-thinkers. Why waste time thinking small, when BIGGER is better. Here are a few examples: I’m thinking about selling some property, in a high demand area, with high traffic count. If I decide to sell, I’ll ask twice what its worth, and settle for nothing less. That’s thinking BIG.
I’m also thinking about making an offer on some property that I’ve had my eyes on for a long time. I’m thinking of offering about 1/3 of its real value. Now…that’s thinking BIG in reverse. My bride has always said, “If you don’t ask… you don’t get.” So, why bother to ask small when BIG is better?
Some 40 years ago, my then Boss… called me in for a raise. I remember well… his telling me a specific weekly figure. I thought…when rounded up, it would come to another thousand dollars per year. So, I asked him… “Is it OK to round UP on that raise?” “Sure,” he said…nodding with a “knowing grin.”
The ‘facts are’ this… I like BIGGER bananas; the BIGGEST sized cereal box; the EXPANDABLE feature in slacks; HEAVIER starch in my shirts; WIDER fitting shoes; the BIGGEST automobile (not the most expensive…just the biggest). I want the BIGGEST TV screen. I buy socks, tee-shirts, and underwear, by the DOZEN; and 36 rolls of paper towels and toilet paper at a time. I could go on, but you get the point.
While the Bible does not address this subject in a BIG way; it does give merit to a BIG idea in 1 Samuel 17:34-36, and 37 – Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Even though fighting Goliath was taking on a BIG challenge, David had reason to feel that he had the skill and temperament to slay the GIANT. His rewards were also IMMENSE; as his nation would gain MUCH, and the glory of God would be MANIFESTED.
There is a fine balance between skill, talent and need, verses that of risk, investment and return… all, of which must be determined before taking on the BIG deals in life. I think that God intended for us to think BIG… given the idea of Jesus’ praying for 40 days, fasting 40 days, and Moses taking the children of Egypt for a walk in the desert 40 years; forgiving 7×70, separating the Red Sea, and the raising of Lazarus. Now… considering today’s subject; it has taken me about twice the number of words, as normal, to make my point. BIGGER is… often times… BETTER.
And Remember …big thinking is not confined to big people. …Blessings… cjlb … 3/26/16.