Small Things Often

Most of us want that one big thing that is going to change everything.  If we could win the lottery and have a large sum of money, it would make life better.  If my wife and I had enough resources to take an extended vacation together, it would help our marriage thrive.  If we could spend a couple of weeks at Disneyworld with the kids, we would all feel so connected.  If we could spend time in a sabbatical reading and prayer, we would be closer to Jesus than ever before. 

The truth about this type of thinking is that it usually does not work.  Life doesn’t get better for the rich; vacations make us more distant; the kids care little about whether we were in their lives at a theme park, and a nap sounds better than prayer.  

What does work to change our lives is doing small things often. Give a little money in the name of Jesus and save a little for a rainy day, and things feel better.  Talk to your wife every day for fifteen minutes, and be sure to tell her that you love her, and you start to feel closer.  Spend an hour of quality time with your kids five days a week, and they start looking forward to you coming home.  Take ten minutes daily to read the Bible and pray, and your spiritual life will deepen.  These little investments will reap a far greater reward than one big event. 

The good news in this truth is that it is available to anyone.  It is not just a solution for the rich or retired.  Each one of us has the power to change our lives simply by doing small things.  What are you doing today that will make your life better in the future?  It doesn’t have to be big, but it does have to be often.   

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