2014-04-24 - The Little Things
Luke 6:10 He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.
The little things - the details - the things we would rather not have to do.
If you want to be a good baseball player you have to practice. That means hours of batting practice and hours of fielding practice, weights, running, watching what you eat, and more. While batting practice is generally higher on the list of things people would rather do after the forth time that day it might start to get less interesting. Wanting to get better also means taking instruction from coaches who have to point out where things can be made better. Knowing which foot to push off of when starting to chase a ground ball can make the difference between getting the runner out at first and the ball getting through to the outfield which can turn into runs for the other team. These little things must be practiced until they are habit - until your muscles and mind react automatically.
There are plenty of details found in the christian walk. Some seem trivial or unpleasant. Those things can take up time that we could use doing something more interesting. There are passages, even whole chapters or of lists of genealogies that seem to go on forever like a dessert. Some sermons seem to have nothing for us. And that may be true - today. Just like the Lord leads people into our lives for a reason He puts passages of scripture in front of us. Maybe not for today, maybe for tomorrow, or just like mathematics where addition and subtraction are required to learn multiplication and division it contains a layer that is the base for something bigger. The layer upon layer of learning can seem to go on forever through algebra, geometry and calculus.But once you own it, that knowledge becomes a powerful tool.
Gratitude is one of those details. It is not so difficult to do, but sometimes hard to remember. It's not all about saying thank you, though that is part of being gracious. Do you have a Bible? There are people who hand-copy whole chapters of the Bible as they get the chance and hide them to read in secret in fear of their lives. Can you read and write? There are those in this world who have no access to education or have no right to learn where they live or because of who they are. Clothes, food, clean water, doctors, medicine and a roof over our heads are not available to many people.
Learning to see and appreciate the little things that we often take for granted can take a deliberate effort to stop and think about what we just saw, or what just happened. I have felt a personal challenge to be more aware. I hope you will join me. Things that seem tedious with practice can develop into the foundation for the next layer in our daily walk with Christ.
Lord Jesus - Thank you for all the things You so kindly have lavished on us and we see so often that they lose value in our hearts and minds. Open our eyes again to be more aware of your grace and provision. Then we can be a blessing to others as we walk through the hours and days You give us. Amen.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.