Give me a word, Lord: THE LITTLE THINGS
Luke 16:10 Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
Matthew 13:31-32 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
Do you take time to notice the little things in life? In this busy, chaotic life in which we are moving full speed ahead, sometimes we forget to slow down and smell the roses. We take notice of the big things that occur around us, but too often we neglect those little things that mean so much more.
I’m going to embarrass my husband for just a moment. That man does at least 1001 little things a day for me. I’m serious y’all, and not just for me but for others as well. He’s retired from the oilfield now, but by no means did that man retire. He works harder now than ever. He works our farm, his dad’s farm, works as operator for our water company, takes care of a friend’s property, and oh so much more. He has a true servant’s heart. He doesn’t do anything for attention or praise. He does it out of the goodness of his heart.
On the days I work the clinic, he cooks sausage for me to eat on the run, makes a Yeti cup full of coffee, and a large glass of ice water, and sometimes he even packs my lunch. Most days he takes all of this to the car before I even finish dressing. He prepares delicious meals, helps with the mundane chores around the house, and takes pride in our home. He’s spent a good part of the last week bleaching our roof and house and cleaning out gutters and debris. I don’t ask him to do these things. He just does them out of the goodness of his heart. I try to repay his thousand little things by doing as many little things in return. Every now and then, when I’m off work, and he is hard at work on the farm, a surprise picnic is in order. We lunch together under a big old pine tree. Nothing fancy. Just a nice little spontaneous picnic for the one I love who loves me with little things all day long. All those little things mean so much!
God notices all the little things too. Luke 16:10 says those that can be trusted with little can be trusted with much. When we are faithful in the little things it shows the condition of our hearts. The little things that Jeff does daily shows me the condition of his heart and shows me that he loves me and cares about me. When we are faithful in the little things for Christ, we reveal our character. We show Christ that we love Him and that we want to serve Him. We must have a commitment to excellence in everything we do, not just the things that people will notice. We must be faithful and honest in all things, striving for excellence, even when no one is looking.
Some days are harder than others. Our jobs can feel mundane and monotonous at times, but we have to strive to work hard as if everything we are doing is for the Lord and not our human masters or bosses or even our spouses. We are working for the Lord, and He’ll show up and use all of those little things to work for our good and His glory. If you start looking for Him in the little things and not just the big things, you will see Him in everything.
Jesus asked for a small lunch from a boy and fed thousands. Samson slew a whole army with a jawbone. David killed a giant with a single stone. And you could plant the tiniest seed, a mustard seed, and grow a plant that could become a tree. In your daily actions, you are planting seeds for Christ. You have to be faithful in the little things. Work as you are working for the Father, and plant seeds of faith along the way.
God will work all of those million little things together, and those little things will make a big difference in the lives of those around us and in this crazy world. Keep doing the little things!