One morning I was late for an appointment. I rushed from my office got in my car, put the key in the ignition and turned the switch—nothing!
What can be more frustrating than a car that won’t start? I got out, raised the hood and glared at the engine as if I could stare some life into it.
I have limited mechanical ability, but the obvious thing wrong with a car that won’t start is battery failure. So, I checked one battery cable; it was tight. I checked the other one; it wiggled. I took the proper wrench, loosened the cable, cleaned it, then tightened it. When I tried the ignition switch again, the motor roared to life.
A loose battery cable almost ruined my day. It’s amazing how little things can cause so many problems. We can handle the big problems in stride, but it’s often the little things that trip us.
Periodically I hear some industrious person say, “I want to do something big and significant in life; I have no time for little things.”
If little things bother you, reevaluate your values and goals. The person that despises little things may gradually become unaware of their influence. Like rust that eats away at a nail until it is useless, so can little things disrupt our lives until we become unproductive. Little things may have a negative, or positive effect. When we learn to deal wisely with little things, they become enormous assets.
Our scientific age reminds us of the importance of the apparently insignificant elements in our world. Do scientists search for answers to our universe by pulling a mountain into the laboratory? No. They turn to the microscope and search among the little things for answers.
You don’t need to get hold of the sun to discover it’s nature. One ray of sun in a spectroscope is sufficient. When astronomers study the sun, the incoming light ray through a spectroscope is broken up into different wave lengths, and the result is a spectrum. This reveals to the astronomer the elements it contains, how hot it is, the speed at which it travels through space, and information about its magnetic fields.
As one ray from the sun can tell us what the sun is like, so one human life has shown us the nature of God. The apostle Paul said, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (Colossians 2:9 NIV).
Jesus came from Nazareth, an insignificant Palestine town, and lived most of His life as an insignificant carpenter. Studies reveal that in our society the majority of people consider learning about God by studying the Bible is irrelevant. However, from the life of Christ we learn about love, joy, forgiveness, and caring for others. These may appear to be little things, but they have enormous consequences.
Learn to deal with the little things in life. They give strength for living.
Jerry Burnaman, Pastor,Grays Prairie Missionary Baptist Church