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The Little Things

I am more and more convinced that it is the little things, the everyday things, that matter most.  I was reminded of this in my New Testament Greek class this morning.  My teacher was going over some of the “small” words we will encounter in the Scripture: and’s, but’s, even’s, because of, etc.  These words are easy to mix up, because they are all short, and many sound alike.  But even though it seems like their job is relatively insignificant, if their meaning is incorrectly translated it can radically change the message of the sentence. 

I think that this same lesson applies in life.  It is easy to put a lot of emphasis on the big things in life: birth, death, weddings, Confirmation, birthdays, playoffs, graduation, etc.  I have found it is so much easier to slack off on the smaller things in life.  Day to day stuff can easily seem insignificant and trivial.  

 Jesus, as he so often does, has another take on the matter.  He understood the importance of the day to day stuff of life.  In his famous parable in Matthew 25 on the sheep and goats, Jesus tells his sheep: 

Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’  

It wasn’t curing hunger, digging wells, or healing the sick that made these people sheep.  It was that then they saw someone hungry, they fed them; when they saw someone thirsty they gave them something to drink; when they saw someone sick, they took care of them.  The sheep were people who in their everyday lives shared with others God’s love and compassion.  It was being obedient in little things that made the difference.  

 I think there is a lot we can learn from this, and I have been thinking about what this means for our youth ministry.  I have been realizing more and more that is it usually not the retreats or mission trips that make a lasting impact on youth’s lives, but the day to day and week to week love they get.  I can spend a whole month planning a killer retreat that will engage and inspire our youth, but these things are easily forgotten.  I think what matters most are the conversations over coffee about life’s frustrations, catching their lacrosse game, calling them when they are sick, asking them how tryouts went, reminding them how wonderful God created them, or even just laughing with them that communicates that we, and God, love them.   

What are the little opportunities in your life that God gives you?  Do you have a new coworker than needs a friend?  Is there someone in your schools that needs someone to sit with at lunch?  Parents, do you still make time to see your kids’ games and recitals?  Do you make time to help them with their homework, or praise them for doing their chores?  Spouses, do you help your loved one get ready for work?  Do you ask them about their day?  

Taking care of the little things truly ought to be a priority in our lives.  A team doesn’t make it to playoffs because they focused on playoffs alone.  They make it to playoffs because each game and each point mattered.  Let’s all retrain ourselves to be faithful in the little opportunities that God gives us, and to cherish the day to day, because in the end they matter most.

~Andrew

Posted by Andrew Hostetter at 6:00 AM
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