Small Things Big Difference
Can you guess what the deadliest animal in the world is? Many might guess a tiger or bear, or maybe a great white shark or snake. These would be good guesses, but the deadliest animal in the world is actually a mosquito. This tiny beast kills about three million people a year through the spread of malaria. While mosquitos are small, we shouldn’t underestimate these creatures because of their size.
Knowing that small things can make a big difference, our desire at Hope is that small things make a positive difference as well. These past few months our Kids, Youth, and Family ministries have been focusing in on the truth that small things make a big difference. We should never underestimate the significance of the small things: little acts of faith, love, kindness, and service can make a big, positive difference in the lives of others. Remembering someone’s name, holding a door open, offering up a prayer when someone needs it… these are the big things in life.
I recently stumbled across this incredible story of 15-year-old Homan Walsh. Amazing Facts website shares this story:
The first step in constructing a bridge over the Niagara Falls Gorge was made by a 15-year-old American named Homan Walsh. On January 30, 1848, Homan flew a kite he named Union from one side of the gorge to the other. Someone on the opposite side caught the kite and tied a stronger string to the end of the kite string, and Holman pulled the new, thicker string back across the gorge. The process was repeated with an even stronger string, then a cord, then a thin rope, then a thicker rope, and eventually a steel cable, which crossed the expanse and was strong enough to support workers, tools, and materials. Finally, a sturdy bridge, over which trains and trucks could easily pass, was completed. And it all began with a string.
Jesus also has something to say about small things: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” Matt 13:31-32
We would be wise not to underestimate how small things can make a big difference. King David took a small stone and brought down a giant. Jesus took a small lunch from a young boy and fed thousands. Jesus witnessed the widow’s small offering and praised her for her big heart.
It is in the small things that our Heavenly Father often shows up in big ways.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much…” Luke 16:10