Monday, November 9, 2015

When a Little Thing becomes a Big Thing

I have been watching college football since at least 1959 , but I am afraid I have taken only small amounts of wisdom away from this diversion. However, viewing a significant game this past Saturday, I heard an analyst make this comment about a certain well-executed play: “That’s a little thing, but little things can become big things.” He proved to be prophetic as what looked like a little thing, did, in fact, become a big thing that played a role in a big win.

I thought of how those words of his have other applications. The same day I had been told how a certain young man in the church had been serving one of our widows in some little ways. I heard this from the woman herself, and it was obvious his little things were having a big impact on her. That, in turn, had a big impact on me.  A little thing had become a big thing.

In God’s economy many little things can become big things. When little things are done with a great heart, they become big things. Jesus said as much: “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward." (Matthew 10:42). Something little given to a little one becomes a big thing in God’s eyes.
You and I could try to do something great this week, but we are probably going to better off just seeking to do some little things with a great heart. Then, through the work of the Spirit, a little thing may very well become a big thing.


  1. You've just proved the point as I posted your little article on my Facebook page and am confident it will have an impact on many.

  2. Thank you for this! I am looking forward to sharing this with my Teen disciple son...Sometimes he thinks he has to be in a certain role or be doing something "big" in order to make a difference.

  3. Jesus spent 10/11ths of his life doing little things around the house and neighborhood...
    Lots of little stuff! He only did big stuff 1/11th of His life... yet His Father was 'well pleased' with Him even before he did the 'bigger' stuff!

  4. I am greatly encourage to do little things with great heart. Thanks for sharing.

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