What My World's Like

Fear of not mattering


Perhaps you don’t know,
then, maybe you do,
about Stiltsville, and the Village,
(so strange but so true)

where people like we,
some tiny, some tall,
with jobs and kids
and clocks on the wall

keep an eye on the time,
For each evening at six,
they meet in the square
for the purpose of sticks,
tall stilts upon which

Stiltsvillians can strut
and be lifted above
those down in the rut:

the less and the least,
the Tribe of Too Smalls,
the not cools and have-nots
who want to be tall

but can’t, because
in the giving of sticks,
their name was not called.
The didn’t get picked.

Yet still they come
when villagers gather;
they press to the front
to see if they Matter

to the clique of the cool,
the court of high clout,
that decides who is special
and declares with a shout,

You’re classy! You’re pretty!
You’re clever or Funny!
And bequeath a prize,
not of medals or money,

not a freshly baked pie
or a house someone built,
but the oddest of gifts–
a gift of some stilts.

Moving up is their mission,
going higher their aim.
Elevate your position
is the name the their game.

The higher-ups of Stilsville
(you know if you’ve been there)
make the biggest to-do
of the sweetness of this air.

They relish the chance
on their high apparatus
to strut on their stilts,
the ultimate status.

For isn’t life best
when viewed from the top?
Unless you stumble
and suddenly are not

so sure of your footing.
You tilt and then sway,
Look out bel-o-o-o-w!
and you fall straightaway

into the Too Smalls,
hoi polloi of the earth.
You land on your pride-
oh boy how it hurts

when the chic police
in the jilt of all jilts,
don’t offer to help
but instead take your stilts.

Who made you king?
you start to complain
but then notice the hour
and forget your refrain

It’s almost six!
No time for chatter.
It’s back to the crowd
to see if you matter.

– Max Lucado, Fearless
Copyright, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2009
Used by permission

This parable from Fearless was turned into a children’s book called The Tallest of Smalls.

2 Responses to Fear of not mattering

  1. This is so true! And good to keep in perspective. I’m forwarding to all my college friends, because it’s a message we all need to hear 🙂

    I might to hit up Fearless as well. Looked at some excerpts from the book, and the message is spot on. I heard someone say once that wherever you find fear, there’s a lie underneath that you’re believing. We should be on a mission to uncover all the littles lies we believe, so we can be free to live and be our best selves!

    Paris 🙂

  2. Lindsey Petersen

    What a soulful poem. While we all may have a fear of not mattering, the fact is we DO. And if we don’t matter to ourselves, it is hard for others to see our importance.

    Lindsey Petersen

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