The little things

You’ll never believe what scrumptious goodies appeared at my door this morning. Are you ready? ‘Cause if you love Little Debbie’s, this is BIG: An entire box of fresh Nutty Bars, just for me. Oh, and that wasn’t all, although this next part isn’t quite as delicious: Some much needed Band Aids to help my running blisters (Sorry to mention food and body parts in the same paragraph. I realize it’s tacky, especially when we’re talking blisters the size of pancakes.)

So suddenly (As I write with crumbs on face and bandages on feet) the day is much better. Isn’t it funny how a little gesture can change things? How is it that, just by knowing someone cares, I don’t mind doing laundry now? Or soaking these freak toes? Monday is hereby much better, all because of a tiny front porch package.

It really is the little things, isn’t it, that make us or break us. Good or bad, a simple thought or action can steamroll into a huge regret or sweet blessing. The Bible, you know, is pretty big on the little things. They’re easy to overlook, for sure. But don’t.  It doesn’t take much for tiny deeds or thoughts to make huge impacts. Eternal ones. Here are some little verses that add up to real, life-changing Truth:

1)   Big God treasures little you. Can you wrap your head around the fact that Almighty God knows your name? That He puts great value in your every tiny breath? “[Jesus said], Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7).

2)      Big God rewards little kindnesses. Jesus followers with Holy Spirit hearts do good things for humble reasons. They don’t care about praise or rewards. But even so, God blesses them big: “[Jesus said], Whoever gives one of these little children even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple will by no means lose his reward” (Matthew 10:42).

3)      Little sins hurt big (And there’s no such thing as little sins). We can fool ourselves, if we’re not careful, into thinking that a tad of this or that won’t hurt much. It’s not what God says. At the first hint of darkness, run to the Light: “Test everything. Hold fast to what is good. Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22).

I love the little things of Scripture, mostly because they don’t stay little for long. A kid needs to kill a giant. All he has is a kid-sized slingshot. Guess what? Impossible mission accomplished. A woman heads to the well with her jar. It’s a small chore, no biggie. Pretty soon, she’s drinking the Living Water. And everyone’s still talking about a little baby from tiny Bethlehem. I heard He’s a King now. 🙂

So what about you? I wonder what seemingly insignificant events are not insignificant at all. I wonder what God would do with a little of your time. Or how your single act of forgiveness could change someone forever. That’s how He works, our Great Big God. His perfect plan slowly unfolds with one simple hug, a worshipful knee, the willingness to do a job no one notices. For me today, love looked a lot like cookies and Band Aids. Who knows where it’ll go from here? I do know this: The God-sized potential of this regular ole day–and the next and the next–makes me smile pretty big: “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much…” (Luke 16:10).


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