Friday, April 11, 2008

the small things :: Friday E-Devotion

The mint on the pillow.  A card in the mail.  Sweet hug before they leave for school.  Unexpected text message.  Tiny gift for no special occasion.  The small things make a huge difference.
Don't get me wrong.  I like the big gifts and look forward to the big check or the new iPhone, but its the small things really stick out in our minds.  Often we miss doing those things for others and it means so very much.  Listening to people's hearts, I understand that not just the hug or the note or the call is important, but the smile or nod or wave is also a big thing.
People need to know that they are loved, accepted and appreciated.  It doesn't take a new car or a trip around the world to let them know that.  When was the last time you did one of the small things?  Whose life have you made a difference in?
Hebrews 10:24 (nlt) --- Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (nlt) --- So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
It may be the person you missed at church last week or the friend who has been sick.  It may be a neighbor that has been away or a co-worker going through a though time.  But maybe it is the person with the same last name that lives across the nation or the one that lays in bed with you at night.  Who is it that deserves the small things from you today?
Go out of your way this weekend to do 3 or 4 small things for some special people.  It will make a huge difference.
Malachi 3:17 (The Message ) --- ... Once more you'll see the difference it makes between being a person who does the right thing and one who doesn't, between serving God and not serving him."
I close with part of a post from Gary Lamb from Revolution Church in Canton, GA (this rocked my thinking this morning):
WHAT STANDS BETWEEN REVOLUTION BEING WHAT IT IS AND WHAT GOD WANTS IT TO BE IS PAIN.  The question is not what will it take or if I have the ability to do it; the question is am I willing to do it?  Am I willing to pay the price that it will cost?  Am I willing to be uncomfortable?  The answer is YES.  Yes, I am willing to do whatever it takes to become the leader God wants me to be and I am willing to do whatever it takes for Revolution to be the church that God wants it to be.
Chew on that and let God give you and me passion for HIS BEST for HIS CHURCH.

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