“For the man who uses well what he is given shall be given more, and he shall have abundance. But from the man who is unfaithful, even what little responsibility he has shall be taken from him.” ~Jesus
If you do not overcome small, trifling things, how will you overcome the more difficult? ~Thomas à Kempis
The question I’ve been reflecting on this morning is,
“Am I taking care of the small things?”
You see, I’ve learned in life that it is all about taking care of the small things.
When we take care of the small things the big things seem to take care of themselves.
Do you know what I mean?
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Give your spouse a hug and a kiss every day to get love to stay.
Drink eight glasses of water per day to keep illness at bay.
Make sure you move around a lot daily to keep your muscles active, joins healthy and heart happy.
Eat plenty of healthy, whole food every single day, but not too much. Just enough to satisfy your bodily needs but not too much to feed your cravings and needs.
They make all the difference in the long run.
When the big things start falling apart it usually because we neglected taking care of the small things in life.
That is true for every part of life, whether it be your mind, body, spirit, or relationships.
It is all built on the same principle … be responsible in taking care of the small things.
So, looking at your life right now, how would you honestly rate your commitment in taking care of the small things in your life?
Look at some of the big challenges you’re facing right now.
What are they perhaps pointing out to you?
What small things have you neglected in those areas you’re struggling in at the moment?
Is your body breaking down?
Are you taking care of the small things – eating just enough good food, drinking plenty of water, moving around and getting enough exercise, and dealing with stress through enough rest and sleep?
Are your finances struggling?
Are you taking care of the small things – saving and investing more than you spend, not spending what you don’t have, refraining from buying what you don’t need, practising charity and giving more than keeping?
Is your relationship falling apart?
Are you taking care of the small things – giving more to your loved ones than taking from them, showing your love daily through your presence and presents, apologising first and forgiving quickly, helping rather than hurting them?
Is your spirit heavy?
Are you taking care of the small things – focusing on and thanking God daily for all your blessings, meditating on the Scriptures, fasting together with praying and sharing your heart with your heavenly Father frequently, spending time with good, uplifting people, often serving and helping someone less fortunate than you, opening your mind and heart for divine guidance?
Are you taking care of the small things?
Jesus taught that when we are responsible in taking care of the small things, more will be given to us. We will experience abundance. A joyous abundance in fact.
The problem with people, as I know this well in myself, is that we want shortcuts for most things in life.
We have become, what I call, an app-centred people.
We want an app for everything.
The sad part is that there is an app for pretty much everything these days and so we keep looking expectantly …
except there aren’t any apps or shortcuts for the things that actually matter.
You can’t app your way through a marriage.
You can’t app your way to a healthier body or fitness.
You can’t app your way to inner peace.
You can’t app your way to God.
Yes, there might be many shortcuts that can help you and make things easier, but at the end of the day you still have to take care of the small things by being responsible in doing something about them.
YOU still have to show up and take care of things.
Love isn’t something you can outsource.
Fitness isn’t something someone else can do for you
You won’t experience inner peace when someone else does the meditation or reflections for you.
You won’t connect with God by remaining a spectator or part of the audience without ever participating and reaching out to Him yourself.
Some things in life don’t have shortcuts.
Yes, there might be tools and hacks we can use to speed the process up, but it always comes back to the same principle … taking care of the small things.
What do you need to take care of in your life today?
What have you been neglecting?
What needs your immediate attention right?
What small things do you need to take care of today?
I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave them below in the comments area.
May light and peace fill your life.