September 19, 2018
Prayer by Ms. Pamela Kinzly, Mathematics Department
God speaks to me through music, through family and friends. I’ve often had moments where I’m stressed and I hear a song lyric that reassures me. Other times, a person will say just the right thing at the right time to help me through a difficult time.
Recently while listening to the radio a song came on and told me to “dream small”. What a strange phrase! We are Marist. We dream big, we strive for a 5 in our AP classes, we start thinking about the state championship before the season starts, we apply to prestigious colleges, and we excel in all we do…doesn’t God want us to have big dreams?
Yes, God urges us to do our best in everything, but Jesus also said we should be humble like a little child. We should not be so focused on our big important dreams that we lose sight of all the amazing gifts that today, just an ordinary day, can offer. The song continued to sing about little moments like visiting a neighbor down the street, or dancing with a friend with special needs both of which can be a small moment in your life, but it can have far reaching, wonderful consequences. On second thought, maybe dream small isn’t so crazy. I think it means slow down and take time to listen, to learn, and to notice.
St. Therese of Liseux knew this lesson. She is known for her “little way” which describes her approach to life. Her daily attitude was to be kind to those she met and she made a point to avoid complaining. These little actions made such an impression on others that we call her a saint today. Dream small.
Another St. Teresa known as Mother Teresa was called to a life of little moments of compassion for the poor in India. She described dream small when she said, Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
I think that’s the point of the song. We have the opportunity to do something kind for the people we meet and it can change their world. I know this is true from my personal experience. When I first came to Marist, one of the things I noticed in the first week or two was the kindness of my students. A friend asked me about Marist and I said (with a little bit of awe and wonder), “I have had a student say thank you every single day.” I can say even years later that those two simple words still have a profound impact on me here at school. When I’ve worked really hard to prepare for that class and a student says thank you, it is meaningful and they probably don’t even realize how much I appreciate their gratitude.
I’d like you to take the next few seconds and think of some small way that you can make an impact on your community.
Even if you think of something as small as holding a door open for someone, it counts. Think about another quote from Mother Teresa:
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
Trust that God can do a lot with our little bit of effort. If we join our actions with love, Jesus can do again what he did with the couple of loaves and fish produce a miracle. We can dream small and trust God to make it big.
Let us pray:
Dear God, We offer you all that we do today. Every moment, every heartbeat, all of our thoughts and our simplest works. Thank you for loving us. Help us use the gifts we have received from you to love others in our community in small ways, today and every day. Magnify our efforts so that they will become perfect through your love.
Amen. Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.