The Significance of Insignificance

Posted: September 13, 2010 in Captain's Quarters - leadership
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As a young shepherd, David was tasked to do something simple – watch sheep and goats… all day… every day.  Sounds kind of boring to me – simple, small, insignificant… and oh, did I mention, boring!  The reality is, anyone could have done that job – even an inexperienced foreigner.  But, God put him there for a reason.  His role and task as a shepherd of sheep and goats had great purpose and significance in God’s eyes.  They were part of his growth process.  God was preparing him.  Although, what David was doing on the outside seemed mundane and simple, God was doing something on the inside of David.  He was molding, shaping and strengthening David’s heart in preparation for his future.  The saying, “There’s more going on behind the scenes than what we can see” really applies here!  God was preparing him, even at a young age for a life full of adventure, drama, leadership, turmoil and battles.

It’s kind of funny to me how many pastors and other church leaders got their start serving in a church where they were in roles than seemed “insignificant” or simple and mundane – like being a janitor or some part of the “cleaning crew.” Zechariah 4:10 reads “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” We must not forget that an oak tree grows from an acorn, king David grew from a shepherd boy and a good leader grows from being a simple servant.

Serving Together,



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