When the Insignificant is More Than Significant

Is there such a thing as insignificant when we are talking about mankind?

Women constantly talk to other women about their fears and feelings of insignificance they fight on a daily basis. It must be true of men also, but they don’t talk about it out loud. When men are together, they would much rather compete with each other to up their own game, and sound fearless, even if they are not. Men don’t own up to fear.

I wonder what is of the percentage of “most normal people” in the world? I started looking for instance at the rich and famous. Statistics show now that one half the world’s wealth is owned by only 1% of the population. Can you put your arms around this figure–$110 trillion! This is 65 times the total wealth of the bottom half of the worlds population. Incredible!


When do we stop wanting to do something really big in life? When do we stop wanting to play a big part in saving souls, changing the world for the better, or influencing others by our (great) wisdom and experience? Our hearts may be right, but when do we stop trying to be something big and be what God has planned for us?

Why do we think we must do this? Why do we constantly try to find something in us that is good? Even after the Savior has deemed us so, we still try. He paid the price, he took the nails, and he suffered death for our freedom. We are now equal; he is our brother.

We are equal…

In my little world, I have never known anyone that is truly famous, or wealthy. I can’t imagine how the mind of Bill Gates works in the computer world, or how Donald Trump makes billion dollar deals when I can’t fathom what a billion is to begin with.

imagesSome are chosen to make a huge impact on our world. But when it’s all said and done, they are the minority on the earth. Even the Mensa standard of IQ says genius level is only 2% of the total population.

Yes, it’s true that normal IQ people take up most of the space on earth. These are the people who do most of the living, and dying on this earth…and sometimes without being noticed. Their names are not written in history books, mentioned on TV, or written up in Time magazine, yet they are hugely significant. These are the people who keep all things moving and many of them only influence a tiny part of the world.

Consider the quote from the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life!”

“George Bailey: 
Just a minute… just a minute. Now, hold on, Mr. Potter. You’re right when you say my father was no businessman. I know that. Why he ever started this cheap, penny-ante Building and Loan, I’ll never know. But neither you nor anyone else can say anything against his character, because his whole life was… why, in the 25 years since he and his brother, Uncle Billy, started this thing, he never once thought of himself. Isn’t that right, Uncle Billy? He didn’t save enough money to send Harry away to college, let alone me. But he did help a few people get out of your slums, Mr. Potter, and what’s wrong with that? Why… here, you’re all businessmen here. Doesn’t it make them better citizens? Doesn’t it make them better customers? You… you said… what’d you say a minute ago? They had to wait and save their money before they even ought to think of a decent home. Wait? Wait for what? Until their children grow up and leave them? Until they’re so old and broken down that they… Do you know how long it takes a workingman to save $5,000? Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you’re talking about… they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway, my father didn’t think so. People were human beings to him. But to you, a warped, frustrated old man, they’re cattle. Well in my book, my father died a much richer man than you’ll ever be!”


It’s hard to stop beating ourselves up if God has not chosen us to do the really big things on this earth. We are not going to be a Billy Graham or Mother Teresa.   Most of us don’t have the brains of a Thomas Edison or Steve Jobs. We will never be wealthy like Warren Buffet or be a great actor like James Stewart.





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But who are we meant to be? What are we meant to accomplish? It’s time to push aside the fears and focus on what we are doing and pray about what we are meant to do. Accepting God’s daily plan for us helps us focus on the present and keeps us from worrying about our failures and our future.

Let’s not compare and sell ourselves short. We all have an important place in life. We are all cogs in the wheel that turns the world.


Every one of us is truly important to God.



“We’re not, understand, putting ourselves in league with those who boast that they’re our superiors. We wouldn’t dare do that. But in all this comparing and grading and competing, they quite miss the point,

We aren’t making outrageous claims here. We’re sticking to the limits of what God has set for us. But there can be no question that those limits reach to and include you. “

2 Cor. 10:12,13 Msg





6 thoughts on “When the Insignificant is More Than Significant

  1. Donna McElwain

    It really is nice when you finally figure out what role God has intended for you. It didn’t happen for us until a few years ago moving around the country. Once He lets you see what it is, it is amazing each day His gift to allow us to serve Him.

  2. Diane,
    This is a very thoughtful piece that caused me to pause. I wonder how many people think about this? Do some people ever think about this, or are they just madly rushing ahead to reach their own goals? Do they think about what is valuable? No, I mean REALLY valuable? Do they think about God? Do they think about what is real? Do they wonder why they’re here?
    Good blog!

  3. Thank you, Diane, for this thoughtful piece. Fear and comparison are so paralyzing. Your words are an encouragement to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus through whom I can do all things He calls me to do–large or small–all significant.

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