Do you ever feel like you should be doing more with your life? That God is calling you to something’s awesome but your boss or your students or your kids are making so much noise you can’t hear? Do you get overwhelmed by the everyday tasks and wish there was something big you could do. Today I want to remind you that the God of the big and awesome and wonderful is also the God of little things.
Most of our life is composed of the everyday, the mundane. We might think our lives are empty or boring. Doing the laundry. Driving to work. Fixing supper. Helping with homework. Mowing the lawn. Nothing too exciting or earth-shattering. God cares about these little things in our lives and the Bible is full of reminders.
Matthew 10:29. “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.”
Matthew 19:14. “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Matthew 25:23. “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.”
Matthew 25:40. “Whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
That’s just in the book of Matthew!
God needs some heroes. But even more, God needs people who will take care of the everyday things, the humdrum chores, the little things. He needs people who will be faithful, day after day, in ways that may not be exciting but are still necessary. God needs people who are willing to clean the toilets ortake a hot meal to someone who lives alone. God needs people who will hold a hand, or clean a house, or drive the carpool safely. You can be that person – faithful in the big and little things God calls you to do.
Remember this prayer of Brother Lawrence:
Lord of all pots and pans and things,
since I’ve no time to be a great saint
by doing lovely things,
or watching late with Thee,
or dreaming in the dawnlight,
or storming heaven’s gates,
make me a saint by getting meals,
and washing up the plates.
Warm all the kitchen with Thy Love,
and light it with Thy peace;
forgive me all my worrying,
and make my grumbling cease.
Thou who didst love to give men food,
in room, or by the sea,
accept the service that I do,
I do it unto Thee.