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It’s the Little Things

“People who say that small things don’t bother them have never slept in a room with a mosquito.” Dennis Rainey.

When it is required, people muster the strength, resources, mental toughness, and manpower to do the great things. History records that time after time, families, cities, and countries came together to fight through great difficulties and overcame huge opposition or obstacles to be victorious over challenges.

However, it seems that most of us struggle with the “grains of sand” that wear out our gears. Daily irritations. Forgetfulness. Having to do things over. Spills. That huge spot on a brand-new shirt. Phone call at a most inopportune time. Fender bender. Illness the night before vacation.

All of those and scores of other minor aggravations can sometimes be the catalyst for bouts with great frustration, irritation, and even anger. Seemingly, while we are planning for the “great events” that we have on our mind, the little loose ends beat us to death. They are like potholes to trip us up in order to divert us from our intended course. Most of the time, the diversions are not for lengthy periods of time and they are not “life and death” intrusions. Rather, just those thorns along the stem as we have our eyes on the rose.

Life will be measured ultimately by “little things”. Why? It is the small components that are the building blocks of the finished product. As we spend our minutes, so go our hours. And as we spend our hours, so go our days. When we stand before our LORD to give an account, we will have been faithful stewards if we mastered “that which was least” so that we verified we had the capacity to be given much! No one is perfect in wise usage of every single second. But, if we are conscious of the moments of time and how we invest them, we are much more likely to fill our days in ways that glorify the ONE who gave us life! Consider these Biblical reminders….

Luke 16:10 – One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.

Psalm 55:22 – Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 – So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.