Remember the Little Things
Mar 27, 2013
So much of memory is distilled from the fruit of small defining moments. Surprisingly, it’s often the little things that rattle round most when various individuals come to mind. Through the power of memory, fused with the defining character of our lives, the little thing is magnified.
Now, certainly we can concentrate our attention on those who have occupied more time and space in our lives, but that’s not always a good indicator of personal value. Take a moment and think on the good qualities you value most about life, and the people who have imprinted those qualities on you. Almost certainly there are people with whom you have shared only a fleeting personal interaction, yet whose memory makes up a piece of the person you aspire to be, or have already become. You’ve probably thought of one or two before you ever reached this sentence. Now, the good news is that you can see how easy it is to be that person for someone else.
So often we get caught up in planning for the big thing we want to accomplish for good that we lose sight of the good we are able to do for people right now. I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t have long-term goals we are constantly working to achieve; they should be a vital part of who we are. What I am wanting to point out is that it is often the little things that make the biggest difference in this world.
“He spoke another parable to them, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.’” (Matthew 13:33 NAS95)
The majority of time, when leaven is mentioned in the Scriptures, it is to point out the permeating nature of evil to essentially change and manipulate what it contacts. In this case, Jesus shows that it is possible for the reverse to be true as well. In the case of either good or evil, we might only rarely see immediate results, if results are ever seen by us at all, because of the often transient character of our relationships in life.
“Hid is not the natural verb here, and must be designed to emphasize the secret, inconspicuous way the kingdom of heaven begins to take effect. So the three parables of growth all focus on the paradox of insignificant or hidden beginnings and a triumphant climax.”1
The absence of prompt results should never discourage us from pursuing doing the good works we have been called to do, but not for our own glory. Their harvest will be reaped in due time for the glory of God. So, strive to reach the long-term goals for good, but don’t diminish the power of the little good in the process. Realize that, in the end, the little sacrifices may result in the richer harvest.
“And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Hebrews 13:16 NAS95)
France, R. T. Matthew: An Introduction and Commentary. Tyndale New Testament Commentaries 1. IVP/Accordance electronic edition, version 1.2. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1985. ↩