It’s the little things that often matter the most. The problem is that we’re not satisfied with small things; we want big things – big houses, big jobs, big responsibilities. We don’t care what it is as long as it’s BIG. We go through life like contestants on the Wheel of Fortune screaming Big Money! on the inside as we spin the wheel that is life.
I’m not sure where our fondness for big came from but it seems ingrained in our national psyche. We’re proud that the cars we manufacture are bigger than cars built anywhere else in the world. Our houses have to be the biggest; our buildings the tallest (at least until recently). Face it, we like everything to be bigger and greater and more – and if it’s not we aren’t satisfied. Can you imagine what the headlines would have been if America had not won more Olympic medals than anyone else? Heads would have rolled. The vast majority of nations in the games never won any medals. In fact they never had a prospect of winning a medal, but they were there. I wonder if we had known ahead of time that we would leave London without any medals if we would have even shown up.
But that’s not how God works. God has an affinity for the little things. He didn’t choose Israel because they were mighty; in fact He chose them because they were the least of all peoples (Deuteronomy 7:7). He selected David the youngest (1 Samuel 16:11-12) to rule His people. He used a little servant girl to bring healing to General Naaman (2 Kings 5). He picked another little girl from an insignificant village to bear the Messiah (Luke 1). That’s just the way God works. He often uses the little things.
In life the little things can make a difference that is proportionately far beyond the value that we give them. A little smile to someone who is down can bring a sense of joy. A small word of encouragement to someone who is discouraged can give hope. A brief prayer with someone who is hurting can build their faith. It doesn’t have to be much to accomplish much, just something small. A mother’s kiss, a friend’s hug, a simple word.
As you go through your week don’t forget the importance of the little things. They often accomplish more than the things you and I consider great.
Stay in the Word