Little Things Are Really Big

W. Terry Varner
November 17, 2013

We live in a time where emphasis is on big things—car, position, house, pocketbook, et al. Too many these items are considered inadequate if they are not big. However, biblically big is not always the best. Used properly an individual can do much with small things. Life is really made up of little things.

Some Little Things of Life. Look around and notice the number of little things, yet these little things produce some of the greatest feelings of which we are capable. What parent does not have a tiny pair of bronzed shoes indicating the rich memories of their first child, often a set of shoes for each child?

Parents often keep a book on each child with the notations of the first word the child spoke, the time, and the date. This is followed by the child’s first steps, first tooth, first hair cut, high school graduation, and ad infinitum. Why not? They are memory makers, little but so important to the parents and later to the child.

What about when difficult times come our way? Who has not be benefited by the little things others do? A hug without a comment. A hand on our shoulder or arm around our back, and in total silence communicating something meaningful to us. These are little things but that hug or arm comforts, encourages, and helps us along the way. When we are sad, another’s smile can cheer our day. When joyful, a warm handshake or a word often communicates approval, acceptance, and encouragement. Consider how small a pause is and yet how powerful. It is a little thing but often delays violence or can serve as emphasis when one is speaking.

Feeding the 5,000. We all know the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. Mark and Luke state that He fed 5,000 (Mark 6:38-44; Luke 9:17). However, Matthew gives additional information that in addition to 5,000 men there were also women and children (Matt. 14:13-21). A careful reading of how Jesus fed this multitude is of great interest. His disciples brought Him “five loaves and two fish” (Matt. 14:17; Mark 6:38; Luke 9:13; John 6:5-14) and He gave thanks and blessed them to make sufficient food to have “twelve baskets” remaining (Luke 9:13).

Five loaves and two fish is a small amount of food to feed such a large crowd who came to hear Him teach and whom He refused to send home until they were fed. To some, five loaves and two fish would be considered inadequate and meager, if not trivial, to handle such a hungry crowd; however, in the hands of Jesus they produced phenomenal and gigantic results. Andrew, the brother of Peter, posed a question to Jesus concerning the “five loaves and two fish.” He asked, “but what are they among so many?” (John 6:9).

Christianity and Little Things. Christianity is a way of life. It is to go with us in our homes making us better husbands, wives, parents, and children. It is to go with us in our daily occupations and make better workers of each of us. It is to be seen in our neighborhoods, schooling, and citizens in our communities. Christianity is composed of living as Christ wants. It will make us better individuals. Not all of the faithful servants of God found on the pages of our Bible are men and women who are involved in prominent events. Many faithful are those who go about life daily living as God wants. Committed, loyal, and loving. Honoring God and serving our fellowman. Little things like remembering others in prayer, card, call, meal, etc., counts in our faithfulness.