Brushing Teeth and a Full Life Pursuing a Smaller, yet Bigger Vision

Two years ago today, was the last day of life as we knew it. Two years ago today, was the last day of life lived out of focus. Shortly after midnight on January 23, 2013, after nine long months of waiting, Erin and I welcomed the greatest gift and responsibility God has ever bestowed upon us.

On January 22, 2013, Erin and I thought we knew what it meant to live life to the full pursuing big picture goals.
On January 22, 2013, Erin and I felt we knew what it meant to enjoy a life lived with intentionality and boldness.
On January 22, 2013,  Erin and I believed we knew what it meant when John wrote, “For God SO LOVED the world, that he gave his one and only son…”
On January 22, 2013, Erin and I considered our grasp of what it meant to love with every fiber of our being fairly conclusive.

Two years ago, what mattered was how the “big picture” was playing out. How were we using our professional and personal lives to serve the Kingdom of God? How were we doing our part to better our little corner of the world? Were we networking enough? Were we doing enough to develop our goals and relationships? The simple things, the day to day chores of life, like teeth brushing were merely a necessity to advance the bigger picture, to pursue the life-changing, revolutionary mission God put on our hearts.

Then, on January 22, 2013, all of that began to change. Overnight, and I literally mean in the middle of the night, Erin and I went from being two independent adults with big picture, world-changing, revolutionary goals who took care of the mundane, routine, daily chores only because they were necessary, to first time parents finding new, profound levels of joy in even the smallest things. The little things which we once considered time wasting necessities, became divine opportunities to nurture and embrace a new life lived to the full. The simple things became opportunities for intentional and bold demonstrations of love, the likes of which we had never experienced before.

Two years ago, after many hours in the delivery room, shortly after midnight, on January 23, 2013, Charlotte Ann Fodi officially entered our world and changed everything. Our princess, whom we can hardly believe is already celebrating her second birthday, helped us realize every aspect of life, even those small, often overlooked details, are opportunities for the grace and love of God to pass through us and out into the world. It is actually from within in the little things, the mundane things, that the world actually changes.

The world doesn’t change with one person speaking from a podium or billions of people casting a vote in the ballot box. The world changes when the little things of life are seen with an eternal perspective. The world changes when we allow the mundane things to become bold demonstrations of the love and grace of God.

When husbands man up and wash the dishes or vacuum the floor for their wives, relationships flourish and the sanctity of marriage restored.
When employees go above and beyond to help their company succeed, character is established and salaries/responsibilities increase.
When ordinary business people take an hour to serve the poor living in shelters, hope is restored and social welfare become less relevant.
When students wrap their arms around the shy kid being bullied, grace is made real and tragedy averted.
When parents take 5 minutes to brush teeth with their children and take silly pictures, love is nurtured and the family unit cherished for the long haul.

It doesn’t matter if you have children or not. It doesn’t matter the stage of life in which you find yourself. What matters is what you do with the moments you have. Do you overlook the little things as meaningless in the grand scheme of things? Or, do you intentionally pursue the little things God has placed in your life as being tangential to the realization of that larger vision He has for our world?

Thank you, Charlotte, for helping us see the bigger picture playing out in the silly little things…

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