Little Things

I’ve been thinking about the little things in life that make me smile. 

Sometimes the big things overwhelm me and block my vision so I can’t see those sweet little things.  Troubling events pop up like the Big Bad Wolf in the forest of life, wanting to gobble me up.  Exciting events blind me like the overwhelming brightness of the sun until I can’t see anything else. 

“Enjoy the little things in life because one day you`ll look back and realize they were the big things” – Kurt Vonnegut.  That is a golden nugget of wisdom, my friend.

The Bible says, ““Who dares despise the day of small things . . .” (Zechariah 4:10a).  A couple of small things in the Bible that had a huge impact come to mind: 

  • A small pebble picked up by a young man was placed in a sling and brought down a huge Philistine giant because of the young man’s faith, “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
  • A little boy’s small lunch of five barley loaves and two fish was multiplied when Jesus gave thanks for it, and five thousand people were fed . . . plus there were lots of leftovers (John 6).
  • A small fish . . . the first fish Peter caught that day . . . had a coin in its mouth that paid Jesus and Peter’s taxes (Matthew 17:24-27).
  • A small offering was personally acknowledged by Jesus when He saw a widow put two mites, all that she had, in the treasury (Luke 21:1-4).

Small things in the hands of our mighty God can become very big things, indeed!

The little things I’ve been thinking about wouldn’t make such an impact as the things we can find in the Bible.  They probably wouldn’t seem special to anyone but me.  Yet they have the capacity to lift my spirit, make me smile, and, inevitably, praise God for them.

For instance, I was napping in my recliner when my five-year-old grandson walked quietly into the room, kissed me softly on the cheek, and whispered, “I love you, Nene.”  Then he walked quietly back to Papa’s man cave.  This is the little guy who runs everywhere, his little feet pounding the floor.  I opened my eyes to watch him sneak out of the room, and my heart smiled.  Such a sweet memory to take note of and cherish, because he will grow up way too fast.

  • Rain pattering on the tin roof of our patio.
  • The smell of fresh laundry straight out of the dryer.
  • Receiving a hand-written letter from an old friend.
  • Carving a pumpkin into a happy jack-o-lantern with my grandchildren.
  • Reading a good book.
  • The smell of freshly baked bread.
  • Witnessing a kind act.
  • Performing a kind act . . . anonymously.
  • My granddaughter, on the brink of becoming a teenager, sharing her secrets with me.
  • Listening to a favorite song.
  • The unexplainable enjoyment of popping bubble wrap.
  • My eight-year-old grandson telling me knock-knock jokes.
  • The smell of freshly mown grass.
  • Sitting in the dimly lit living room, talking over the day’s events with my husband.
  • The smell of a baby’s head.
  • A whole day spent with my entire family.
  • Looking at old family photographs.
  • The sight of a beautifully shaped tree.

These are just a few of the little things in life that make me smile.  The ones involving family will likely become the little things that evolve into big things as I look back on my life; the ones I’ll cherish.  I’m so grateful for the beautiful little things in my life, and I praise God for them.  After all, every good gift, whether big or small, comes from Him (James 1:17).

I like to think that occasionally I do some little things that bring joy into someone else’s life.  Impacting someone’s life, even in a small way, is one of the best things we can do.  As Mother Teresa said, “We cannot all do great things.  But we can do small things with great love.”

And, in the process, make someone’s heart smile.

What little things make you smile?

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