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Willard Wigan is a micro-sculptor. He uses a tiny surgical blade to shape figures out of gold and grains of sand. Since he carves between heartbeats to avoid hand tremors, each piece requires months of work. Each is mounted on a pinhead and fits inside the eye of a needle. His work earns him millions.

Wigan cannot read or write. His childhood teachers made him feel “like nothing.” At age five, he began his work to prove that "less is more," and that "nothing could be everything."

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge, and here again is God's reverse logic: the very thing that holds us back one day sends us soaring the next—in the high calling of our daily work.

Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all—he is the greatest." (Luke 9:48)

Editor's Note: Listen to Willard Wigan talk about his work at TED.