Thursday, November 5, 2015
I went to pick up one of my prescribed heart meds yesterday and it cost me 1.73 for a one month supply. My first thought when I paid for the medicine was “Wow, it’s price may be cheap but that little pill is very valuable to me.” Then, it made me wonder about the many people in this world whose lives may seem small and insignificant to many, yet in the estimation of their loved ones they are priceless and irreplaceable. It also reminded me of a very popular song during my teenage years which was sung by Kitty Kallen and was entitled, “Little Things Mean A Lot.” In it, the little things she referred to were, among others, a smile, a shoulder to cry on, a phone call, a compliment and a loving touch. The last line of the song says: “For always and ever, now and forever, little things mean a lot” and no one can argue with that. I know the song is still on You Tube cause I heard it recently.
The premise is true but sadly, little things can also be an indication of something bad. Pastor Adrian Rogers told the story of a man who was going to be made a chief executive of a large corporation. The Board of Directors talked about it, and it was a “done deal.” In the company cafeteria one day, the existing CEO was behind this man in line. Unbeknownst to the man, the CEO saw him take a pat of butter that cost about 3 cents, then put a slice of bread over the butter so that no one would see it. The CEO went back to the Board and told them they had the wrong man. He told them that he didn’t have integrity. And for 3 cents the man lost a monumental promotion! In fact, don’t we often read and hear in the news of people who even lose their lives over little things?
All that being true, I choose to focus today on the little things which are good. There are many of them and they are all pretty simple to do, and even more so when we do it for and because of Christ. They are things such as a word of encouragement, a sincere and heartfelt compliment, a visit, text message, or email, a pat on the back, a warm smile, or a loving embrace, just to name a few. These may be “little” things, but when you do them, they will say a “lot” about you. I know most folks would tell you otherwise, but today I want to challenge you to go out and do something “small.”
Memory verse for the week: (Proverbs 27:2) “Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.”