Review of Chapter 4, “Getting the Full Picture–Body and Soul”
by Sam Luce
Chapter 4 of “Too Small To Ignore” can be summed up by simply saying people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
This chapter was all about meeting the needs of kids body, soul and spirit. Many times , and rightly so, we are so concerned with the spiritual needs of kids. While this is a great goal where we can fall short is in meeting the physical needs of those we are trying reach.
The gospel can not be effectively preached when kids can not focus because the sound of their stomach is louder than your voice, and the hopelessness of parents worried about their sick child drowns out our witness.
Dr. Wess Stafford does a great job reminding us that people matter to God but people must also matter to us for us to see God work through us.
This chapter challenged me to rethink and refocus what a win looks like. When we care only about people crossing the line of faith to exclusion of the journey we become narrow minded Pharisees.
A win is definitely when someone crosses the line of faith. A win in my mind is just as valid when an act of kindness and intentional relationship leads someone one step closer to Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:5
“Who do you think Paul is, anyway? Or Apollos, for that matter? Servants, both of us—servants who waited on you as you gradually learned to entrust your lives to our mutual Master. We each carried out our servant assignment. I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plants, but God made you grow. It’s not the one who plants or the one who waters who is at the center of this process but God, who makes things grow. Planting and watering are menial servant jobs at minimum wages. What makes them worth doing is the God we are serving. You happen to be God’s field in which we are working.”