A few years ago I posted many of these thoughts on my blog and I wanted to repost some of them to help you answer the question, "are you increasing into the life that God has for you?" The theme for our church in 2013 has been, "INCREASE." God wants to increase you in every area of your life. He has promises of provision for you! The reason that the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years was because they chose pettiness over God's provision. Nothing was good enough. The journey to their destiny didn't go as they had preferred. Their small minded & narrow thinking caused their worlds to shrink & their problems to expand.
My question for you is, "Is Your World Expanding or Growing Smaller? Are you INCREASING?"
The answer to that question can be found in this one word. Pettiness. Many times we allow the expansive lives that God has for us to grow smaller because of a stingy & self-centered mindset. We often allow our preferences to rule our hearts. According to freedictionary.com, Pettiness is defined as:
1. Of small importance; trivial: a petty grievance.
2. Marked by narrowness of mind, ideas, or views.
3. Marked by meanness or lack of generosity, especially in trifling matters.
4. Secondary in importance or rank; subordinate.
Pettiness is really smallness. Petty people choose to be small-minded, narrow & self-centered. Their lives are marked by negativity & lack. Pettiness produces fights, arguments. Pettiness demands it's own preferences over the needs of others. Petty people spend lots of time in other people's lives because they are trying to avoid dealing with their own issues. The root of pettiness is negativity & is rooted in our sinful nature.
So how do you overcome pettiness? Make the decision to no longer focus on your preferences, instead, focus on the good of others. Look at the big picture & refuse to make mountains out of mole hills. Determine to live a large, expansive & generous life today! Don't become stingy with your life by allowing pettiness to become the rule of the day. Don't allow the unimportant to rule the important. Determine to live a large & generous life by being generous with your words, your time, your talent & your treasure!
Remember, "The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.” Proverbs 11:24 (Msg)