I saw it lying there on my desk. Did someone plant it or did someone forget it? I'm not sure. I’ve got a hunch it was my daughter. She loves great quotes and beautiful sunsets. This was a quote, a simple message in black on white.
"Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things." Frank A. Clark
Simple words--powerful message! As I thought about "little things" the following passage came to mind:
Six days before the Passover ceremonies began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus--the man he had raised from the dead. A dinner was prepared in Jesus' honor. Martha served, and Lazarus sat at the table with him. Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus' feet with it and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with fragrance. (John 12:1-3 NLT)
When it comes to the power of “little things" we need to look no farther than Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. A little home, a little meal, a little jar of perfume, a little "insignificant" act of devotion and yet that is what gets recorded for all of history. Could it be that a little prayer with our kids before bed, a little note of encouragement to a downcast friend, a little gift given in secret, or a little resistance of temptation is what gets noticed by our Father in heaven?
Tonight, my wife will plant that goodnight kiss I’ve been getting every night for almost thirty years. Like Clark said, "It's the little things that count."
MY PRAYER: Father, please give me eyes to see--and the determination to do--the little things that count.
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