Message From the Alumni Director
"He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much." Luke 16:10
In my recent travels to the East Coast, I picked up a couple of paperweights for the gals in my office. Beautifully inscribed on the top of each one was a quote from Mother Teresa: “God doesn’t require us to succeed; He only requires that you try.” The significance of this gift selection was intended to serve as reminder for them that they need not focus on perfectionism or perceived success, but rather on being faithful to that which the Lord has given them to do each day. Upon receiving this gift, with expressed appreciation, one of the gals said to me, "Now that’s grace in a paper weight!” Grace: a beautiful gift and a beautiful reminder to us that even when we fall short, God still guides us, corrects us, restores us, and offers us great mercy at the top of each new day.
Fear of failure, weighted perfectionism, and overwhelming circumstances often prevent us from moving forward in what God has called us to do. Faced with challenges of defeat, sizeable task lists, and even feelings of insignificance and hopelessness, we lose ambition in contemplation of the value our small contribution brings.
Don't Underestimate the Small Things
We need not underestimate the importance of being faithful in what seems insignificant. Everything we have is a gift from God, stewarded to our care. Jesus tells us in Luke’s gospel: "He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.” He asks us to be faithful to that which He has entrusted to us – be it time, money, family, talent, or resources. For it is by faithfulness in the ‘small’ things that faithfulness in ‘much’ grows. Every moment of our lives, from the sublime to the mundane, presents a sacred opportunity for us to respond to God’s call in faithfulness.
As I think about the students the Lord has brought to Multnomah this year, I’m reminded of Dr. Mitchell’s prayer in asking "that God would bring to Multnomah those students He could entrust into our care.” Please join us in praying that, as a faculty and staff, we would be found faithful with what the Lord has commended to us this year.
May He Find Us Faithful
My prayer for you would also be the same – that whatever He has committed to your care, in the same way, He would grant you the grace needed to find you faithful. May this reminder in Luke’s gospel encourage us to be faithful in all things. For in our small steps of faith and obedience, we grow in faithfulness over much.
Being faithful in the small things,
Michelle M. Peel (MA‘10, BA ’00)
Director of Alumni Relations
Multnomah Bible College and Seminary