The Small Things Count...
I see the lottery as a waste of time and money. Countless people put their faith on a card that may or may not guarantee millions of pounds. But then you read stories of those who have one the BIG one and then either lose it all spending it on the most expensive lifestyle, or just carry on living their lives whilst the money gains some interest in the bank.
I read recently an interesting things in an article about a marathon. Now towards the end of the race the guy in second noticed that the guy in first place was pulling up short. However, instead of running past and claiming victory, this runner came up behind the leader and encouraged him all the way to the finish line. Now here's the sad fact......no-one noticed this act of support, encouragement and care apart from the leader who had been aided over the line.
The truth of the matter is that so many people are selfish to their own ambitions, to their own life, to their own 'survival' that they fail so actually see the BIG picture. So much of our life is dominated by commercialism, media influence, 'this life is for you and if you don't accept it you are a failure.' If we don't have the big cars, the booming business, the profits doubling ten-fold, then apparently we are not living, we are not living life to the full potential. In a world that is influenced by commercialism, money and media propaganda, so many of us are blind to the small things that make all the difference.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
- Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV)
Do Not Worry
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
- Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)
The little things make a difference but then again how often do we worry about the tiniest thing. What we will wear on a night out, what we should eat for dinner, how we're going to solve this problem or that problem. But through it all God is our provider. First and foremost He has the BIG picture completed. We can strive to become famous, rich, noticed in this world but at the end of the day we are just falling victim to the conformity of the world. And when we come down to the small things, instead of worrying, we should trust. Trust that when the time is right, the solution will be provided. Each day is a precious gift, so don't waste it trying to get noticed, trying to be something your not. Be faithful in the small things and the the big things will follow.
Through the gap of corruption there are non-profit organisations that are trying to make a difference. To be a voice to those that are not being heard. This is a big example. So then I've looked at myself and thought ok, how can I be faithful in the small things? Simple, not to be selfish to my own ambitions but aim to serve those around me ahead of my own personal self needs, for the best interest of others. Is this not something we should all consider? Because at the end of the day, what we may consider to be small things in our lives, turns out to be our biggest/greatest blessing.
"A great life isn't about great big things......it's about small things that make all the difference!"