It's A Small World

WorldA pastor from Michigan called me this week about an upcoming youth gathering and noticed the area code of my phone number was the same as his wife’s family. Turns out we are from the same small city and went to the same schools growing up. Crazy right!? It reminded me of the saying, and famous Disney song, “It’s a Small World”. It’s funny that most often when we say, “what a small world” we actually mean, “what a large world we live in! What are the odds we would run into each other!” It really seems like more of an oxymoron than anything.

Yet, without trying to trap the tune in your head for the rest of the day, the song highlights the sun and moon that we share which help foster this picture of a small world in the midst of the whole universe. Beyond that, the song highlights the emotions we share which is all too true in the midst of worldly disasters like hurricane Harvey. Chances are, if you didn’t know someone in that area, you knew someone who did. Things like this bring us together and remind us that we are all human and all have the same basic needs. It brings about compassion and a strong desire to help. It makes our world that much smaller.

The same thing is true when we think about our Christian community, purpose, and identity. When we consider all the Christians in our country, continent, and around the globe, our worldview becomes just a little smaller as the differences between us diminish. Then when we look at our calling to go and make disciples of our neighbors (in the broad sense) we realize that it is a small world as we are called to reach out to everyone regardless of age, gender, background, etc. Beyond that, we all have the same Creator, the same Father who unites us and helps us to have a “small world” world view. A world view where every event, big and small, in every country provokes us to empathize with those all around the world. We start to share their joys, their sorrows, their troubles, and their pains, and we desire to help them as we are able.

When we look at the world as a mission field, we stop looking at all the differences and start focusing on people as our brothers and sisters in Christ. We see people in need (sometimes of material things) but also in need of a Savior. We may not be able to help with every catastrophe or share in every joy, but we can continually be in prayer asking God to show us when, where, and how we can help as events occur. Perhaps God is calling you to help now, and if so, there are so many ways to give monetary support, emotional support, donations, and even a hand in many places around the world. That may be Texas and other areas hit by the latest tropical storm, it may be sponsoring a child from another country, or perhaps it’s volunteering at a local food pantry. The options are as close as stepping outside your house.

When people help people, the love of God spreads. Then one day, when our small world has been perfected, we will no longer be singing, “It’s a Small World” but rather:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise! … To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power for ever and ever!” (Rev. 5:12-13 NIV)

Written By: Lindsey Duerr, DCE