Today, in Coffee for Your Heart, Holley Gerth asked bloggers to link up with her and write about a small thing that makes a big difference.
I have to be honest and say, “The longer I serve Christ, the more I realize there are no small things.” He has a purpose for our lives and a plan to work through us. Moments we consider to be small have potential to be huge in the life of someone else. When we obey the voice of God we are fitting together pieces of a puzzle he has creatively designed for each of us.
What if all of us looked at something as simple as a smile to the woman in the grocery store aisle, or giving the waitress an extra couple dollars in her tip, even if her service was subpar, as a life changing opportunity? Christ has a larger plan. Are we willing to be the vessel He requires? Even when it hurts? Even when it’s hard? Even when it seems small?
A few years ago I was standing at the deli counter in a grocery store. This may seem a little strange but deep inside I felt like I was supposed to say, “God bless you” to the woman behind the counter. And not because she sneezed…
I’m an introvert. I’m not one for striking up conversations with people I don’t know. Not because I wouldn’t be interested in them, but because I never know what to say or how to begin to say it. However, I felt the Holy Spirit was prompting me to say those words. So, after she handed me my cheese, I went for it. I smiled big and said, “God bless you.” And she responded by giving me the dirtiest look I’ve ever been given in my entire life!
Why does God choose the introvert who is always concerned with whether people like her or not to say something to someone who clearly will loathe what she says? This is my life!
I have no idea why the woman tried to kill me with her steely glare. I watched her entire countenance change at the sound of my words. I have to believe God had a plan to use me in her life that day. It seemed like a small command for me to obey but it obviously went much deeper. It looked to me as if she was wrestling with God…
I wish I knew for sure what was happening inside her heart. I never will. However, I do know that we are often afraid to listen to the still, small, voice inside us because it requires stepping out of the box. And, sometimes, it means doing something so small that we think it is impossible to make a significant difference. I’m a firm believer that the “smallest” things we do in life, the tiny day-to-day smiles we give and words we speak, will have the greatest impact for the kingdom of Christ. Don’t ever think you don’t have enough to give. The Father has given you much more than you will ever know. Pour it out, sweet friends.
Who says a light spring shower doesn’t have the same power as a thunderstorm? A small rain shower causes growth which leads to beauty.
- You have no idea how just a few words can begin to pave a way or plant a seed inside another soul. (Tweet That)
- You have no idea how a smile might bring someone joy just because they needed to be noticed.
- You have no idea how your heart might connect with the heart of someone else.
There is nothing too small you can do. And there is nothing too large you cannot do.
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Keep giving, keep reaching, keep climbing, keep investing in other lives!