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


  1. I just go to the Scripture which says, "Faithful in little; faithful in much." Without a doubt the small things matter in everything!

  2. Hi Pam! Oh my, we are on the same page here. My recent post is all about finding God in the small places...

    But you are talking about being that grace to others in the small places. I was really touched by your story of walking into a room of strangers. That's so hard to do, isn't it? And here was an angel to help you feel welcome.
    I know you've been that angel in many ways to the people in your life. "Little things mean a lot". So true. What a fun video too. It's playing as I write this.
    Happy Wednesday,

  3. Amen! God is in the details!

    I walked out of the exit door this morning and saw a stranger, a women, about fifteen yards from the entrance doors. I smiled and called out to her, "Your late," as I walked over to the entrance doors to open one for her.

    The strangers smile and thank you were genuine and I could tell her sagging chin was rejuvenated. It doesn't matter how old we are, we all appreciate an act of kindness… funny… her response did more for me than my manners did for her… Isn't that how our Father works?

    Great reminder, Pam. The little things, gotta carry that with me today and hopefully forever.

  4. Pam, such great quotes you shared along with the truth of God's Word. It's true I often overlook just how much those little small things can matter. We often discount them when we do yet it can mean so much to us when someone takes time out a do something for us. I appreciate the reminder to tend to the small matters today.

  5. Oh what a great post Pam! Life is comprised of moments and each one precious. The little things matter so much. I refer to that verse from Luke often. I especially love your thoughts on how we often minimize the good as well. It is so easy to think that our small offering may not matter, our few cans of donated food, our small gesture of kindness when in fact to the one on the receiving end it can be huge. (Also thank you for the Google+ invite. I actually have it but somehow my posts have not been showing up since September without me realizing it! I am working to remedy the situation so thanks for the invitation which became a heads up!)