I can’t begin to comprehend it
said the giant fir tree to the seeker
I have attained immutable
And yet you come searching for a tiny sparrow
within my great limbs, that neither grows as
large or important as I —
and is not as noble or grand.
Everyone knows that the fir tree is the greatest
in the forest, second
only to my brother the Redwood —
yes, it is we
who were created in the
The seeker said to the oak tree
regarding the matter —
perfection or importance is not in the size —
but in the inner beauty
of the soul
and strength lies at the bosom
of those big or small
who love Him.[/pullquote4]Schindler is rightly praised for being one of the few courageous Germans who stood against the tide in his own country and helped save the lives of thousands of Jewish people. One man, making small decisions one step at a time, saved the lives of hundreds of Jews.
Zechariah 4:10 tells us not to despise the day of small things. He found he needed otherworldly patience when faced with the tedious job of rebuilding Jerusalem and its temple. He was forced to perform a host of seemingly insignificant mundane tasks, one day at a time, until his assignment was accomplished.
Throughout scripture, God most often uses small things to exhibit His glory — the widow’s mite, a tiny sparrow, the water pots, the axe head that floated and Moses’ rod. The little task often becomes the big. Many a great leader had humble beginnings and so today please remember to be nice to your paperboy. He may grow up to be the local bank president, and you may need a loan. Be kind to the boy who mows your yard. You may be on trial in his court some day. Be nice to the people you meet on your way up. You may just meet them again on your way down! Therefore be kind to everyone who touches your life while carefully tackling even the smallest of tasks. This will all be practice for the bigger ones. The smallest of things may become significant and only God knows what is truly important.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much” (Lk. 16.10).
Hope is our daily bounty, big or small, and we should thank the Lord for that which has been given.
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