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Do the Little Things
by Jenny on May 9th, 2015

"But his officers tried to reason with him and said, 'Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something very difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, "Go and wash and be cured!"'" 2 Kings 5:13

Sometimes I find it hard to do the little things in life. The little things seem mundane, dull, boring. We hardly receive "Attagirls!" for the little things. Sometimes . . . okay, most times I'd rather do a BIG thing--the thing which seems to make a greater impact; the thing which makes people take notice.

For now, though, I find myself in a season where I can't imagine doing big things. I write again with a now two-week old baby sleeping on my chest; a baby who was up most of the night with an upset tummy. For the moment, big things are not on my horizon. Right now, it takes all I have to just do the little things.

In 2 Kings 5 we read of a mighty warrior named Naaman. Naaman suffered from a skin disease. Following the advice of a young servant girl, Naaman seeks healing from the prophet Elisha. Being a man of importance, Naaman expects to be received like royalty. Instead, Elisha sends a messenger to tell Naaman to wash in the Jordan River seven times. Naaman feels outraged at the simplistic advice but eventually Naaman's officers convince Naaman to do this "little" thing.

2 Kings 5:13 reads, "Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something very difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, ‘Go and wash and be cured!’”

Naaman does the little thing Elisha told him to do, and God heals him from his sickness.

Right now I can't manage doing big things with my kids. I'm too tired, too overwhelmed. But I can do the little things.

I can change my young son's clothes and diapers. I can run my children's bath water and fix their hair and make their snacks and read books to them while I nurse the baby.

Our kids like it when we do big things for them. But I think our love shines brightest when we prove faithful in the little things.

I think it just might be the same way with God.

Zechariah 4:10 reads, "Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin."

Luke 16:10 says that "If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones."

I read that Mahatma Gandhi once said to a young man in his community after the man protested his duty to clean latrines, "I know you can do great things; what I don't know is if you can do little things."

Sometimes we feel ready to do BIG things for God. But when you find yourself overwhelmed by life's circumstances, just do the little things.

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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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