Little's Make Big's

“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’”

Matthew 25:23

If there is one thing we can learn from the parable of the talents in Matthew 25 it’s that God is into investments, especially the kind where we invest ourselves and our talents into the lives of others. And not only that, God can take a little a do a lot with it. Little’s make big’s you can say as the old saying goes. I thought about this parable as I was meeting with a young man whose wife just recently died after a long battle with cancer. Death has a way of revealing to us what is important and what is not.

As I was meeting with this grieving husband to go over the details of his wife’s upcoming memorial service, I sat there listening to this young widower through the tears recount story after story about his wife. As I listened I couldn’t help but notice that the things he was recalling and the things he missed about her most were the hundreds of seemingly little insignificant things she did. I say seemingly little because today, now that she is gone, those little things have become big if not huge things.

Are you aware that it’s not the big things that mean the most in other peoples lives? What mean the most to the majority of people on this planet are the little things done for them in love. It really is the little things that add up into the big things. Just read the story of the talents for yourself. Faithfulness in little things is what prepares us to do great big things that bring glory to God.  

What are some little things you do every day for other people that might seem insignificant to you but serve as a blessing to others? Maybe a smile to a complete stranger (though thats difficult in these days of wearing a mask). How about a wave or just a kind word? I live in a retirement community and I see all kinds of little acts of kindness neighbors do for others. Little things like taking out the garbage can for an elderly neighbor or picking up a newspaper from the driveway and placing it on a chair by the porch so they don’t have to bend down. Dropping off fresh fruit from a tree in your yard. Maybe just stopping by to check on someone to make sure they are ok.

If you aren’t sure what to say or what you can do just think of things that can make other people’s lives easier. What can you do to save them time or money or both. If you are married, try picking up after yourself and helping out around the house. Lower the toilet seat or make sure to raise it. Leave notes, pick up your spouses favorite food or beverage. Ask how their day was. Take a genuine interest in others. Notice things like a change in hair style or color. Appreciate people and genuinely compliment them. Remind them of why they are special and loved. Build people up by appreciating their skills and talents. Seek to be the bright spot in their dark days. The opportunities are limitless. Remember, think little not big.

After all, its not only children who spell love TIME. Spending just a little bit of time with others can make a big difference in peoples lives especially in the days of covid where people are afraid to come in contact with others. Now more than ever, littles make bigs. Pray about it today and ask God to lead you and guide you so that you are able to do those seemingly small and insignificant things that make a big difference in the lives of those others. Remember, when all is said and done its the little things done in love that people hold on to and cherish when we are gone.

“‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’”

Matthew 25:34–36


Michael Osthimer





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