Monday, March 23, 2009

Little Things

Last time I checked, most of us just live from day to day. We may have some plans for the future, perhaps some big event is ahead. Primarily, however, we go about our business and just do the best we can.

Many people believe that in order for their lives to be great, something great must happen. They think some accomplishment will bring their life some meaning. Perhaps they believe that being known or having money or doing something that has never been done before will make them matter.

People also approach relationships this way. How does a man think he is going to win a woman's heart. Often men think they must do something amazing or prove themselves some how in a huge way. But what they fail to realize is that the little things are what make the difference.

Recently I visited a store where I always used to see a friend and member of the church. Every time I went in this store I would see her working. We would have a little chat and go on with our day. Since she has passed when I walk into that store I don't have those little hellos anymore. Going there will never be the same. You see, sometimes little things matter more to you than you think.

I believe that God is also concerned with little things. We may never give our last penny away or have our name on a memorial plaque. We may never spill our blood for the freedom of others. We may never be remembered past a generation or two. But we can worship every time the doors of the church open. We can read our Bibles. We can pray. We can put our hand on a shoulder, fix a meal, call, visit, or write a card to encourage somebody. We can give someone a hug they really need. We can congratulate people when they reach a milestone. We can let people know we believe in them. We can listen when somebody needs to talk.

I am pretty sure that being great in the kingdom of heaven has something to do with mastering the little things. I am confident that even though we feel sometimes like we have done nothing, we have done more than we could ever know.

"He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much." ~ Luke 16:10

1 comment:

  1. Very good is always the little things we miss when others are gone. But, they are precisely the things we appreciate the least when we go about our daily lives. If we all just accomplish one little thing everyday, how much better the world will be.