“Don’t sweat the small stuff” is a saying often used when people are worrying about relatively unimportant matters.
Jesus says “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.” (Luke 12:22 -23)
And, Paul tells the Colossians to “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:2)
Now, I agree that we often get ourselves caught up in the unimportant details of life and need to get our priorities right… on the other hand, I am also moved by a song I hear regularly as part of an advertising campaign on television which says “From little things, big things grow.”
I have been reflecting on “little things” this week… particularly our “small” actions or words… and the way in which they reflect the true state of our heart and soul, and our relationship with God.
Many people give generously to the work of missions and the church. Others work hard at Christian gatherings of all sorts. Some people take on dangerous initiatives for the sake of the gospel… and these things are all valuable in the sight of God. But perhaps, of more importance are the ordinary little words and actions that make up our day.
Much as a small flame lightens a dark room, a smile has the power to brighten the day. A word of welcome or encouragement can change the way we feel about ourselves, can lift us from despair to hope and joy.
May you all be blessed by small acts of kindness this week and may you be a blessing to others as you radiate Christ’s light in the dark places of your neighborhood this week.