something-bigger I am so blessed to be a part of something bigger than the little piece of world I sit in.

Don’t get me wrong; I love my “little piece of world.” It is filled with many good and wonderful things: family, friends, pets, a home, church … all my needs are supplied and then some. And that “then some” is what gets me thinking.

Why has God blessed me with “then some?”

I believe God cares about my needs and that He desires to provide for them. I believe He feels the same about every human being on this earth. So why are some of us so much more “provided for” than others?

I believe it is because God wants to use those He has provided for as His hands and feet to those in greater need. He is asking me to reach beyond my own little piece of world in His name.

I believe the last thing God wants is for me to become comfortable in my “comfortableness.” When I get comfortable, I get stuck in my little piece of world.

God doesn’t want me stuck, and I don’t want to be stuck either! I want to be faithful in my little piece of world, but I also want to be a part of something bigger.

Something that stretches me.

Something that opens my eyes.

Something that makes my heart beat with God’s heart.

Something that restores my soul and makes it sing.

Something that brings that same restoration and song to another person’s soul, in Jesus’ name.

By God’s grace, I am blessed to be a part of something bigger than the little piece of world I sit in.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Teri Gerdes and her family sponsored their first Compassion child in 2004. After returning from a sponsor tour in Ecuador, her family now sponsors three children and are correspondent sponsors to four additional children. The “little piece of world” Teri’s family “sits in” is a cranberry marsh in central Wisconsin.

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  1. Sep 25, 2011
    at 5:34 am

    Teri!! Love this post! As I was reading and saw the first picture, I thought, “Hey!! I know her!”

    This was wonderfully written, sister. Loved it!

    • Teri
      Sep 25, 2011
      at 4:17 pm

      Thank you Michelle…that means a lot!

  2. Nancy Young
    Sep 26, 2011
    at 7:16 am

    Great blog, Teri. Thanks for writing it. We look forwad to to visiting a sponsored child in Haiti, soon.

    • Teri
      Sep 26, 2011
      at 7:48 pm

      I am so excited for your upcoming visit, Nancy! My visit changed my perspective in so many ways! And it was a wonderful investment in the life of a beautiful young lady! I also look forward to my upcoming return to see her…and the little boy we added to our Compassion family after I got home last time! When is your trip?

  3. Sep 28, 2011
    at 11:16 pm

    Really love this post!!! I also want to be a part of something bigger and the first step to doing it is to start with something small.

  4. Sep 29, 2011
    at 2:49 pm

    I loved when you stated, “Something that makes my heart beat with God’s heart.” That is such a powerful statement and an even more powerful feeling; I agree, I want to be a part of something bigger as well!

  5. Corrina Hamann
    Oct 1, 2011
    at 3:11 pm

    I love this post Teri! Very nicely done! Look forward to reading more of your blogs!! Miss you!

    • Teri
      Oct 2, 2011
      at 3:23 pm

      Thanks Corrina!! I miss you too!! I hope to be inspired to write more!!!

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