Picture this – a desert. Hot, dry and uninviting. Now add something very small. The letter “s”. What do you have? Dessert. You decide… chocolate cake?… apple pie? The little things can make all the difference in the world!

F. B. Meyer once said, “Do not try to do a great thing; you may waste all your time waiting for the opportunity which may never come. But since little things are always claiming your attention, do them… for the Glory of God.”

The Apostle Paul encouraged the Colossians to be faithful in everything they did. Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus…” (ESV) In verse 23 Paul enhances this concept – “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.

Giving the kids a bath… showing up at the game… dropping a note to a friend… listening to someone share their heart as you leave church. What about those seemingly unnoticed tasks at work? Ecclesiastes 9:10 reminds us, “Whatever your hand finds to do, verily, do it with all your might.

Don’t let the small routine activities become ruts and rob you of your joy. You might try something simple like “whistling while you work.” Proverbs 17:22, “A joyful heart is good medicine…” (ESV) Change your perspective this week. View the “small things” in your life as deeds done directly for the Lord. Maybe no one sees what you do but God. The good news is that you always have an “Audience of One”. He sees what you think goes unnoticed.

In Luke 19:12-17, when the servant was faithful in the very little thing, the master then gave him ten cities to rule over. Details left undone can cause the wheels to come flying off. The little things will forever be clamoring for your attention. Do them well… it just might change your desert into dessert.

Posted on: Jan. 13, 2011, 7:46 p.m.