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Deidra is a national speaker and the author of Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are, and One: Unity in a Divided World. Follow Deidra on Instagram @deidrariggs

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  1. Deidra,
    I loved Mr. Rogers…what a wise man he was. More of God…less of me. Let me make that my daily prayer. As you so beautifully pointed out, when I am not making much ado about myself, I am able to see others where they are and where they might need a listening ear or encouragement. If I’m always about me 24/7….there’s no room for anyone else – God or others. Wonderful reminder and encouragement this am.!
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • I once had the opportunity to meet Mr. Rogers. He spoke at an event hosted by the organization I was working for at the time, and I got to be the point person, making sure he got where he needed to be at the right time. He was such a humble and gracious man, and I remember experiencing a sense of his childlike-ness, which was not the same as childishness. He was, indeed, a wise, wise man.

  2. Yes Yes Yes! I have to state often, “Less of me, More of you, God”. Often times it’s the little things that have the biggest impact. Less self glorification, more kingdom uplifting and spotlighting. Our God is so gracious and deserves all of the praise.
    Thank you for the reminder. 🙂
    Blessings,
    Lindsey
    walls2wings@gmail.com

  3. “Less of me, God, more of You.” Let this be my goal each and every day. 🙂 Thank you for this message Deidra.

  4. Thanks Deidra for this message! I was just dealing with this in my prayer time on yesterday. God has a way of sending confirmation, & He definitely did that through your message. So, I surrender. ..as I decrease. ..He will increase. Less of me more of You. That’s my ode to God. Be Blessed!

  5. I just finished reading Strong and Weak by Andy Crouch and am captivated by the need for vulnerability AND authority in order to live a flourishing life. That same paradox, I think, applies here. We move away from “little” when it is the absolute key for doing BIG things in the kingdom of God.
    (I’m loving all of Mister Roger’s gentle wisdom that you’re sharing!)

    • That’s a book I keep hearing about.

      More and more, I’m growing in my awareness of what seems to the paradoxical quality of God. The invitation, for example, to be in the world, but not of the world, and how these sorts of words, strung together, seem to have life that is deeper than what they first appear to offer. After all, it is for freedom that we have been set free…

  6. Deidra, I praise the Lord and thank you for this gentle message that reminds me of all that Love is. Love is patient, kind, it is not self-seeking…I am so grateful for the Holy Spirit’s gentle conviction to cast my cares and decrease, taking the childlike, little way that St. Teresa spoke of. What is the demand of love? Asking for His forgiveness and stepping into His love today. May each of us become little in the Lord Jesus’ loving arms today so that others may be raised up 🙂

    • I think this is the tension we live with, daily. The tension between our innate bent toward self-preservation and the divine call of love, which is not self-seeking. It’s hard not to get tripped up from time to time, isn’t it?

  7. Every year I ask God to give me a word or a theme, this year the word is ‘less’. Not an easy word for a gregarious extrovert and yet so far it has been amazing.

  8. I really needed to read this today. God has been calling me to start a writing, and I have been putting off because I do not see who it can help. But He does! Great post!

  9. Deidre,

    I felt awful after reading about the shooting and how “big” was misconceived by the shooter. But thankfully you stepped in and reminded us with help from Mr. Rodgers example of how big of an impact little can have and help us focus on others.

    Ever since I was a little girl I was amazed at how big God is. And truthfully it’s made me feel microscopic. I think that’s what’s helped me remain little.

    Have a blessed day,

    Penny

  10. Deidra,

    Maybe if we let God decrease us, He might also increase our ability to really see the people around us. Yes!!! We need more God and less of ourselves. This country needs to get back our Christian values we were founded on. I pray everyone makes this their daily prayer: “More God less me”! Open our eyes Lord to see others and love them as you would!!
    Blessings 🙂

  11. Me. Rogers had. Strong impact on a little girl for a long time, at a youthful age.. And he still has a positive impact on that same woman, even now.