Small But Mighty

By Linda Tancs

Jesus’s parable concerning the mustard seed (see, e.g., Matthew 13:31–32) explores the theme of growth from small beginnings. Indeed, the choice of a mustard seed is instructive, not necessarily because of its smallness but rather because it results in a tree that reaches a height (and even width) of 20 feet or more. The key to its growth, though, is attention and cultivation. God gives the seed to the sower and expects it to be cultivated. Good things often start small and grow over time, so maintain confidence in His plan for you (Zechariah 4:10). He’s planting seeds of greatness that you may cultivate months, even years, from now.

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It’s the Little Things

By Linda Tancs

Do you look to God only for the “big” things in life—a life companion, a job, good health? What about all the little things? Do you pray for a good “hair day?” For patience in traffic? For a good parking spot at the mall? God isn’t only interested in the “big picture.” He cares about the million little things that comprise your daily life. God loves little things, like lilies (Matthew 6:28-29), birds (Matthew 6:26) and children (Matthew 19:14). He’s the Master over small matters as well as bigger ones.

God encourages us to rejoice over small things (Zechariah 4:10). Don’t despise them or act like they don’t matter to God. God presides over everything, and for that you should be thankful (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

The Stuff of Life

How many times do you think or say distasteful things about the “stuff” of life, those daily things like washing the dishes, driving to work or grocery shopping? Spend a day tallying up all the negative words and thoughts you have about daily chores and ordinary activities. You might be surprised how often you find yourself musing over what you hate or detest or just can’t stand. But life is made up of the little things: making the bed, shopping, dressing, cooking, driving in traffic and all the rest. When you hate the stuff of life, which comprises the act of living, then what part of life is left to love?

As the old saying goes, don’t sweat the small stuff because it’s all pretty small. In everything give thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:18). After all, Jesus came that you might have and enjoy life (John 10:10).

Zechariah 4:10 warns not to despise the day of small things, so be mindful how you think. As you think, so you are (Proverbs 23:7).