The Big Picture is the third album by contemporary Christian music artist Michael W. Smith, released in 1986. The title comes from "Pursuit of the Dream," in which it is heard a few times, but also applies to the variety of themes for young people to learn about from the songs. That track instructs on pursuing goals, and other themes include the folly of escapism ("Lamu"), sexual abstinence before marriage ("Old Enough to Know"), and maintaining a positive self image ("You're Alright"). Track 9. "Tearing Down The Wall" opens with a reverse snippet of Amy Grant's "Emmanuel".
Assistant engineers – Jim Goldberger, Tim Hattfield, Nick Delre, Tony Volante, Bob Vogt, JB, Bill Heath, Mike Clute, Clark Schleicher, Ken Criblez, Keith Odell, Ed Goodreau, Rob Feaster, Jeffrey Dovener and Spencer Chrislu