A Person’s a Person, No Matter How Small…

Last night was our monthly English Movie Night. We recently switched to Friday nights to make it easier for people to attend. Last night we had 13 people at our house! I am pretty sure we had such a great turnout because we were watching such a great movie. That’s right. Horton Hears a Who!

As one of my all time favorite movies, I love sharing it. And of course, it comes with some great messages like:

A person’s a person no matter how small.


I meant what I said and I said what I meant and an elephant’s faithful 100 percent!

But last night I noticed something I hadn’t before, in all the times that I’ve watched this movie. The message about a person being a person no matter how small is obviously referring the the fact that the entire city of Whoville fits on a tiny clover in Horton’s world. So, naturally the Who people are very small, but Horton still values them and sees them as important.

However, at the end of the movie the hero is actually the Mayor’s son, who at the beginning of the movie is introduced as “the smallest Who of them all.” Even though he was the smallest of them all, he ends up saving the entire town from destruction.I quickly thought of all the times in the Bible when God chooses the most unlikely person, usually the smallest of them all, to fulfill His plan.

Lately, I have been dealing with insecurities about ability and qualifications as Chris and I are facing a big upcoming decision in our life. It was such a good reminder from such an unlikely place that God has a plan that we may not know or see yet, but when the time comes, the ability to complete the plan will come from Him, not from us, because He chose us, not because we have the qualifications or abilities. And that way, He will be the one to receive the glory and the plan will have a much greater reach and effect that we could ever even imagine on our own.

This goes right along with the verse that has been my motto lately:

And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

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