And I’m not just talking about fire ants. . .or velvet jewelry boxes. . .or a grain of sand — in your eye. I’m talking about those things that can make or break a relationship or an opportunity.
Take a job interview for example. Given two equally qualified candidates, the decision sometimes comes down to the ‘little things’ — like which guy ironed his shirt or shined his shoes. How do I know? Because I’ve been on the hiring side plenty of times.
I’ve also seen how the seemingly ‘little things’ can impact real estate sales. We’ve all watched HGTV and seen how the houses with the flowers in front can make all the difference in terms of attracting potential buyers. The same is true in business life. Grocery stores are constantly remodeling to try and keep their products well-lighted and their floors clean. And, yes, like it or not, a ‘little thing’ like cleaning the floors can go a long way — especially in a restaurant, supermarket, or hospital setting.
Churches are certainly not exempt from the power of ‘little things.’ Comfortable seating though is, in my opinion, not the most important ‘little thing’ in church life. ‘Little things’ show up in the form of smiles, handshakes, and a heartfelt greeting. ‘Little things’ show up when a child’s Sunday School teacher knows the parent’s name. ‘Little things’ show up in the form of handwritten notes. . .homemade cookies. . .and encouraging words.
‘Little things’ are sometimes hard to think of — but everyone know when they’ve experienced them. They’re those things you just can’t help but tell your friends about. And it’s the ‘little things’ that often keep people coming back again and again.
As Christians sometimes we become so focused on being good leaders that we forget a really important ‘little thing’: the importance of first being a good follower — of Christ Himself.
While the world often notices the big things, it’s how we do the ‘little things’ that gives the greatest indication of just how devoted we are to Him.
Galatians 5:9 speaks to the power of little things:
A little yeast works through a whole batch of dough.”
The same is true with each of us. Every day we have the opportunity to influence others in our family, our workplace, our communities — and yes, our world.
Be faithful in the ‘little things’ — and trust God to use you to bless others and glorify Himself.