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2018 06p1Small things matter. Last month in desperation with the weight of feeling so very tired that my bones ached, I visited my GP. It turns out that my vitamin D was extremely low and after a few weeks of high dose tablets, I feel so much better. Such a small thing yet with the potential to affect so much!

Small things have the power to change , to grow, to combine with a myriad of other small things to create dynamic effects. We should never discount nor despise the humble small gesture with potential for so much more than its outward appearance.

2018 06p2The small word, said in haste or anger that stays with us for a lifetime, affecting the way we perceive ourselves….the smallest of actions that has the power to change the course of someone’s life for good or bad…. the smallest cell out of place that causes distortion, disease or pain in our bodies….the smallest grain of sand that acts as an irritant to create a priceless pearl.

Who knows how much the smallest of things that we say or do will affect the course of others lives; even the course of history itself? If I think about it too much, it can feel quite a responsibility!

The Bible has much to say about small things, so I turn to its words for help…

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

“Whoever is faithful in small matters will be faithful in large ones; whoever is dishonest in small matters will be dishonest in large ones.” Luke 16:10

“And God chose the small things, things that people despise. Yes, he chose even the things which seem to be nothing…” 1 Corinthians 1:28

It would seem that we cannot underestimate God’s power to transform the smallest of our actions into something so much larger…beyond our comprehension. For our part, perhaps all we are asked to do is to simply concentrate on the small things in our lives that we can offer in each moment …the smile, the thank you’s , the kind word or small 2018 06p3deed that may often feel insignificant, the concentration at this moment in this minute for this task, so that like grains of sand or drops of water these smallest of gestures may gather into great swathes of sandy beaches or streams of refreshing waters. So whenever we feel that we can never make a big enough difference, perhaps we simply have to be attentive to the small things, trusting that through His grace, our God is big enough to transform seemingly insignificant actions into something so much greater than we can ever imagine. Thank God that the smallest of our efforts can be transformed into pearls of great treasure when offered into His hands.

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