Little Things Make a Difference

Do you ever find that your life seems totally out of balance? That has certainly been an issue for me. However, I found the answer to that dilemma this morning while doing laundry.

The towels, facecloths and whatever other small sundries swirled their way through the wash cycle with ease but the spin cycle set the whole house ajar. That washing machine started to vibrate like a cell phone on multi-call alert.

I re-arranged the bunched bath towels and re-started the machine. Flailing, knocking and walking across the floor ensued. (I’m speaking of the machine, not me!)  What to do? What to do? I re-arranged the big pieces once more and got more of the same, only worse.

In desperation, I removed the big towels and fished around the bottom of the machine. There I found those small bits tied in knots and shoved into one corner. Ignored small bits threw everything else off balance.

Do we have a meal with the family at least once a week? Visit a lonely relative or fellowship after church? Have coffee with a neighbor? Take a nap? Read a chapter of the Bible daily? Pray? Maybe if we did the little things the resulting calm would ease the stress of the big things.

As James says, small things do make a big difference.

James 3:4-Likewise, look at the ships: though they are so great and are driven by rough winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the helmsman determines.

Prayer: Lord, when the big of life overwhelm us, help us to reorder our smalls. Amen.

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