My daughter bruised her knee against a wall. A minor irritation she concluded, observing the skin.
Needless to say she was blown away at difference in appearance and pain only a few hours later.
How could something so small end up like this, she wondered aloud.
Sometimes what we see on the surface is not a true reflection of what’s happening beneath, I told her.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Don’t sweat the small stuff!”
But when it comes to spiritual matters, I think we’ve got to!
It can be the “litttle” things that trip us up. The little lies that we think no one knows about; the little stops we make to places we know we shouldn’t go; the little ways we cheat our employers by coming in late or being unproductive; the little online friend that our spouse doesn’t know about;
Your little may be different from my little but they’re equally dangerous.
It’s the little, seemingly-trivial things that we don’t spend much time thinking about that can cause us to lose in the end.
The story of the ten virgins in Matthew 25 stands as a reminder to all of us.
These ladies had made preparations to meet the bridegroom and to join the wedding party. They were dressed in their best wedding finery and were carrying the necessary lamps; but a little thing like failing to bring extra oil was the undoing of five of them.
Their failure to pay attention to that little thing caused them to be left out.
Anyone looking at them may have been struck by their appearance; they looked good on the outside and revealed nothing of the problem on the inside.
Does that sound familiar?
Being consumed with the things of this world can also cause us to be left out.
But, we need to live right? And to do that, we need money. So how could such an essential, seemingly-little thing be considered a problem, you may ask.
Well, the Bible cautions us to, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2 NIV
When our entire beings are wrapped up in gaining more and more that we focus on God less and less, such a little thing can have fatal consequences, and not just in the spiritual sense.
Still think that little means less-important?
Try walking a mile with a pebble in your shoe or going a day with a grain of sand embedded in your eye.
Its small status won’t seem so insignificant then!
I know that because we consider some of our shortcomings to be such little things, it will be difficult for us to discern them. But God encourages us to ask for help. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God who gives generously…” James 1:2 NIV
So if you’re serious about stamping out the small stuff, pray this prayer with me.
Dear Heavenly Father, “annoint [our] eyes so that [we] may see” the little things in our lives that we need to get rid of, (Revelations 3: 18) and give us the strength we will need to overcome them. Amen.
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