Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Little Things Mean a Lot

“Whoever is faithful in small matters will be faithful in large ones.” Luke 16:10

Lots of old adages reaffirm what Jesus says in Luke 16:10. Just consider the following words of wisdom recorded through the years:

In the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
--Khalil Gibran

If you can't do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.
--William H. McRaven

It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
--John Wooden

Jesus knew that how we treat the little things in life reflects how we will tend to the big things. Do we apply our best effort even to small tasks or do we figure It’s just a little thing—no one will notice anyway? Are we always honest or do we rationalize by telling ourselves It’s only a little white lie? Do we watch how much we spend on sodas and coffees and sweets or do we discount these purchases with It’s only a dollar? Being honest, it is easy to minimize the negative effects of what, to us, seem to be insignificant actions or attitudes.

We also tend to minimize the positive. We wonder how the one bag of canned goods we donate to the food bank can really help feed a hungry family. We question whether anyone even notices that we don’t join in on the gossip sessions at work. We doubt that our few words will encourage our down-hearted friend.

I remember walking into a room full of strangers, feeling like a deer caught in the headlights. How very thankful I was when a man came to stand beside me. He started a casual conversation; I have no idea about what, but I distinctly remember that my discomfort immediately dispelled when he walked over. His little act of kindness meant so much to me that evening.

As the Bible and many quotes attest, the little things DO matter. Let’s give them their due by giving our best even in the small stuff!


©2015 Pamela D. Williams