We’ve spent the last two weeks with this cute, mischievous, adorable, feisty and silly puppy. She’s not ours, but we’re taking care of her until Celia’s school auctions her to her new home. Some family is going to be so happy, and in way over their heads. And I’ll be heartbroken.
Pippa has been a constant reminder to pay attention to little things. You know, little things like keeping a door to a carpeted area shut, if you pick up a faint, bad smell – search for it, there’s something there and watching your fingers when you reach out to pet her (sharp little teeth).
She has also given us great little things like puppy breath, wild & crazy energy, lots of laughs watching her explore with her little legs and big paws. When I think I can’t take anymore of her feistiness, the little one crashes and sleeps in my arms.
Pippa has me thinking about little things. When we chase big things, we’re prone to miss the joy and life in little things.
It’s easy to be consumed with big things; big impact, big reputations, big promises, big funds, big changes and big results. We’re told bigger is better; more stores – more money — more success. Big Mac, Home of the Whopper, Biggest Inventory in Central Texas, Best Payload, Whatasize and a million more – in fact, McDonald’s claims – over a billion served!
Into this mindset of ours, we read the words of Jesus and our mind starts racing; multiplying for the sake of effectiveness.
““I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” — John 14:12 NLT
Yet, when we look at the life of Christ we see little things matter big. He went to the outcast woman at the well in Sychar. Not only was she a Samaritan, but she had a bad reputation. He dined with despised tax collectors rather than the religious elite. He walked into the lives of the sick, those cast aside in His day, touching and healing them.
Jesus fed over 10,000 with 5 loaves, and 2 fish, then He gathered all the leftovers, so nothing was wasted. He walked on water and brought dead people back to life. To top it all off, He was crucified, resurrected and appeared to as many as 500 of His followers. After all of this, only 120 followed His instructions and waited for the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
Can you imagine? Wouldn’t we determine that these results were a failure? At least we would think that this poor response needed a more effective strategy.
But, as Jesus promised, through the power of the Holy Spirit alive in those 120, the world has been and is being changed! The wonder of following Him is His Spirit directs us. He sees a much bigger picture than we do.
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” — Ephesians 3:20 NLT
Haven’t you seen the big impact of little actions in your own life?
In sales, it was attention to little things that often won or lost large deals. I recall missing a small measurement causing a big problem. I also remember selling something insignificant as the first step to cracking a competitive account.
In ministry, I have seen the benefit of saying yes to little things. I’ve had great opportunities to care for those in our community by volunteering in our middle school office, filing tardy slips into student files.
It takes the pressure off of us to not worry about results, but just do the next little thing the Lord places before us. With the Holy Spirit in us is we don’t have to know all the answers, we can just be obedient.
Saying yes to something small might just land a puppy in your house, too! I know this, little things bring big joy, peace, and life.