We generally have a particular appreciation for the bigger things in life, perhaps especially, in this great state of Texas. We like to hear tales about the biggest fish, whether he got away or not. We congratulate the biggest winners and the Biggest Losers in our society, and we look upon the biggest victories and accomplishments in life as indicators of our identity. We try to avoid making the biggest mistakes in life as well. We may even take encouragement from the fact that we are not the biggest sinner.
None of these perceptions or practices is inherently wrong or wicked in themselves. The Bible tells us to give honor where honor is due (Rom 13:7). So, when something is the biggest, we ought to honor it as such. However, we miss a very important part of life and faith by only looking to the biggest things. For instance, only looking to the biggest things we would see the identity of marriage as a wedding, having children, and buying a house. The truth is that marriage is also made up of many very important smaller things like holding hands, fresh cut flowers, a glass of tea, a loving touch and an understanding smile.
The value of little things is expressed in scripture as well. The king addresses his beloved in the Song of Songs (2:15) and tells her – catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom. This statement may be about the little negative things, foxes, but it also is about the little delicate positive things, blooms. Regardless, it speaks of the importance of the little things in life.
Stephen Covey, in his book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, says that the it is little moments of time we have to ourselves everyday that form habits, highly effective or not. In other words it is the little sections of time we have to ourselves that we can use to better ourselves. This would lend itself to the king’s thought that it is the little difficulties, foxes, in a relationship that do a lot of damage.
Perhaps, we look at our faith from the standpoint of the biggest moments like the day we realize that we are lost without Jesus Christ, our baptism into Christ, the day we quit a bad habit, or the day we began a good one. Nonetheless, the Bible tells us that blessing belongs to the one who daily pursues God (Psa 1; Luke 9:23). What may make or break our faith and our attitude is the little moments of time during our day that are not already spoken for. Today, write a verse on a card and carry it with you and read it whenever you have a moment, write a verse on a sticky note and place it on a mirror or door that you see several times a day. Catch the little ten second foxes that can ruin our day, and you can take a little ten second vacation from your duties and think about God, praising Him for His love and sacrifice. If we are faithful with small amounts of time, Jesus will put us in charge of more and we can share in His happiness (Matt 25:21). Happy Hunting!