Size Doesnít Matter
Matthew 13:31-32
Kidís Day Message
July 22, 2001

I can remember when I was ten or eleven that I wanted to ride roller coasters at Cedar Point but the attendant said I was too small and needed to grow a little bit more before I could ride it. It really made me mad because I wanted to ride that roller coaster then and there.

Have you ever been told that you are too small to do certain things? What kinds of things are you too small to do?

In the movie, A Bugís Life, Flik (Dave Foley) has a heart to heart chat with the little Princess Dot. Both Flik and Dot were having some difficulties ďfitting in.Ē Flik had seen yet another idea and invention go down in flames for the sake of tradition and Dot was struggling with being too small and trying to fly. Flik takes the opportunity to share some wisdom with Dot about growing up and making a difference by using a rock from the ground and the massive tree on ant island.
Flik frantically searches for a seed for this practical lesson but can only find a rock and has the Princess use her imagination to pretend he has a seed. ďSee our tree, everything that made that tree is already contained in that tiny, little seed. All it needs is some time, a little bit of rain, sunshine and volia; it becomes a tree. You might not feel like you can do much now thatís because youíre not a tree yet. Just give yourself some time, youíre still a seed.Ē

Dot felt like she couldnít do anything that really mattered because she was so small. Being small can be a good thing.

Do any of you like mustard on your hot dogs or hamburgers?
I love mustard! Does anybody know where mustard comes from?
Mustard comes from these tiny, little seeds. The mustard is one of the smallest, if not the smallest, of all the seeds in the world. They may look really small but they grow into a very large plant.

Jesus told a story about mustard seeds in the Bible and Iíd like to share it with you today.

31 He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches." Matthew 13:31-32

Jesus teaches us three important lessons from this parable:

You will never be to small for God and, as a matter of fact, youíre just the right size for God to use you right now. God doesnít care if you canít reach the top shelf in the kitchen, tie your shoes just right or that you canít ride roller coasters. God is more concerned with what youíre becoming, not with what size you are right now.

There is one way that God works the same in every personís life. Do you know what it is? God always starts small and builds from there. God always wants to make the small larger
this is an excellent message for kids. thank you.