SERMON: Little Things DO Matter!
Several years ago there was a movie that dealt with a group of people and their personal fears and their daily problems. A psychiatrist in the film had one patient who had a great fear of elevators, a common fear because it involves both heights and a small enclosed space. The doctor was gentle and kind and his training suggested that a person approach all problems by taking slow, small, baby steps toward the problem.
Faith as a mustard seed, is small but effective.
After a period of watching from a distance, the patient with elevatorphobia, saw the elevator door open and close over and over, and he saw many people safely enter and leave.
With his foot hurting so bad, he stopped at a drug store to buy some Band-Aids and sat down and put the Band-Aid on his blister. That man is alive today because of a blister on his foot?
Eventually, the patient slowly walked toward the elevator saying, SLOW, SMALL, BABY STEPS. SLOW, SMALL, BABY STEPS. SLOW, SMALL, BABY STEPS.SLOW, SMALL, BABY STEPS. A thousand mile journey starts with one step. The step might be a thought, then a plan, a destination, a step, the arrival. All of this is birthed from taking a slow, small, baby step. He that is ashamed of small things, shall fall little by little.
Out of small beginnings great things can be produced. All good things were made out of nothing. One candle can light a thousand, for mighty things from small beginnings grow. Practice with little things, and then proceed to greater. Little sparks precede great flames.
The sum total of small things can do enormous things. Small things together can make a great difference. For example: the Great fire of Chicago, Illinois was the sum total of little things. The Great Fire burned over 12 square blocks. How did it start? A little woman had a little jersey cow in a little barn. The little woman lit a little kerosene lamp.The little woman carried the little light out in the little barn.There was a little wind that day. The little lady was milking the little jersey cow by the light of the little lamp. The little cow swung its little tail and knocked the little lamp over into a little lump of hay. The hay started burning, the little wind blew the little flame until the Great Fire of Chicago destroyed 12 square blocks of the city.
CAN LITTLE THINGS MAKE BIG DIFFERENCES? 9/11/ 2001 WAS A BIG DAY IN HISTORY AND IN HEARTS EVERYWHERE, BUT LET'S LOOK AT SOME SMALL THINGS THAT MADE A DIFFERENCE THAT DAY.
A. One head of a huge global company survived 9/11 because his son was starting Kindergarten that day and he reluctantly took that morning off to be with his small boy.
B. One business in the Twin Towers took turns with someone each day getting sucker duty to buy the donuts. The life of the man who stopped at the donut shop that morning was spared because of donuts.
C. One woman slept late as her alarm clock did not go off at the normal time and that little clock made a big difference in her life.
D. One man was very angry as he sat stuck in traffic because of a car wreck on the New Jersey Turnpike that morning but his life was spared.
E. One lady accidentally spilled food on her clothes while eating breakfast, and she decided to change clothes and go in late.
F. Another man was angry for he could not get his car started that day.
How terrible. But what mercy?
G. One man wearing a new pair of shoes that morning parked a distance away because of cheaper parking and on his walk to work he developed a blister on his foot. With his foot hurting so bad, he stopped at a drug store to buy some Band-Aids and sat down and put the Band-Aid on his blister. That man is alive today because of a blister on his foot?
DON'T SAY LITTLE THINGS DON'T MATTER!
We all need a plan and a purpose. Today we may not understand it clearly. We may never understand the change of events from what we thought was very negative. That little thing that is vexatious to you? That feeling of irritation? You may feel disturbed, attacked, but you feel some greater power is in control. Often times it is not the occasional big problem, but rather those small, frequently repeated annoyances that smack us for a loop.
IT TAKES A MINUTE TO FIND A SPECIAL PERSON. THEN IT TAKES ONE HOUR TO APPRECIATE THEIR UNIQUENESS. THEN IN A DAY YOU CAN LEARN TO LOVE THEM WITH ALL YOUR HEART. BUT IT SEEMS IT TAKES AN ENTIRE LIFETIME TO FORGIVE SOMEONE. AND IN SOME IT TAKES A GRAVE TO GET ONE TO FORGET PAST HARM.
Small steps make HUGE differences.
Adapted from a sermon by Wade Hughes,Sr. as posted on www.SermonCentral.com
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