Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Little Things Matter

We don't have to do big things all the time.


I know there are seasons for big things and times for being busy, I get that. But I've been thinking lately about the pressure we have in this world to do more, be more, and accomplish all the things. All the time. It's exhausting.
I'm only recently making peace with the realization that I do not have to do all kinds of other things to be significant and worthy. I am enough, just as I am, in my current season. I am right where God wants me.

"I have found it is the small things. Everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay. Simple acts of kindness and love." – Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

This quote from Tolkien is such a comforting reminder in this busy world that the little things matter. The little, everyday things combat the darkness, too. We don't have to do big things to make a difference. We don't need full calendars, newsworthy activities, and heavily advertised events to fulfill our purpose.
Sometimes, just being present and loving our family is the most important thing. Tending to sick kiddos and washing laundry so that everyone has clean clothes means something. I love what Mother Teresa said about washing the plate because you love the one who will use it next. That stuff matters.
Putting in a productive work day matters.
Smiling at strangers and showing kindness to others. That matters, too.
Finding joy in the mundane things like grocery shopping, pulling weeds, taking out the trash, and changing diapers. Those things matter.
Opening your door to a friend in need for a cup of coffee, a simple prayer, or even just sitting with them in silence.
Being present and enjoying special moments with our kids. It all matters.
The little things add value to the ones we love and the people around us we don't even know. Sometimes, we make the biggest impact quietly doing the things we think are insignificant; the small stuff we don't share with the world. It's in the little acts of love and kindness that people see Jesus through us.

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