Here is another illustration Jesus used: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.”
Matthew 13:31-32 NLT
You never know when doing right that “one small thing that matters” can leave a bigger impact than you’d ever imagine.
Listening to Mia tell me about the moments that mean the most to her, and reflecting to my dad the things that he has done for me that mattered deeply, and realizing how much I appreciate my wife for things like another full pitcher of tea magically showing up in the refrigerator — reminds me how important “little things” are in the “grand scheme” of life.
I also think about Paul writing good, loving pastoral advice in a personal letter to his friend Timothy (by way of the Holy Spirit) — versus Paul trying to write a book to live alongside the Pentateuch for all of eternity in a book bound up and marked as holy by the largest and most wide spread of religious institutions of the future.
Don’t fret or be anxious about whether or not your life has made a sufficient impact “so far” — just realize the opportunity that you are going to have with “every little moment” to come. Our passion is the fuel that lights lasting flames, not our striving.
What are you passionate about?
What “little thing” could I do today to encourage, honor or appreciate someone else?
Put that passion to work in one extra “little thing” today!
Commit your actions to the Lord , and your plans will succeed.
Proverbs 16:3 NLT
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.
Luke 16:10 NLT