“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.Luke 16:10 New Living Translation
As I am becoming a woman who doesn’t quit, I have found it is the little things that are the substantial conditions that lead me toward the path of giving up. For example, I absolutely love incorporating new ideas in my home, at school, and in the kitchen. I create routines, begin new management systems for pencils, and complete an entire home paper organization system to find order where there is confusion and chaos; yet without maintaining these systems through consistency in the minuscule details I am left with a another beautiful mess. I find myself thinking; I can just skip one day, I can miss this one step, or it does not matter if I just do it later. These broken promises to myself often lead me to forgetting about the idea all together, and leaving it behind forever.
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin.Zechariah 4:10 New Living Translation
In the Book of Ruth, we see her following through in her commitment to her husband after he dies, by staying with his mother Naomi. Rather than begin a new life by marrying another and building a new family; she chooses to stick this one out. In order to earn her keep and be beneficial to their new journey with one another, Ruth decides to “pick up the stalks of grain left behind by anyone in the harvest fields” (Ruth 2:2). This decision is simple and within her limits’ no grand gesture, no ginormous plan. When she finds a field to glean, she gives it her all with only a few breaks (Ruth 2:7)
While completing her little task at hand, Ruth meets the owner of the field – Boaz. Boaz tells her that she may continue gleaning the harvest field, but she can also follow the workers and she may pick up what was left behind when they have finished – this would provide her with more grain than what she originally expected. In addition, Boaz offers Ruth security while she is working and fresh water from the well.
In response, Ruth shared her gratitude for this opportunity and questioned why Boaz is being so kind to her when she was just a foreigner. Boaz replies, ” I know about everything you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband. I have heard how you left your father and mother and your own land to live here among complete strangers. May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done” (Ruth 2: 10-12).
Ruth was faithful in the little things and she chose to continue within her commitment; this did not go unnoticed. We see Luke 16:10 at work within her story; trustworthy within the little things so that others knew that she would be trustworthy in the big things. New doors opened and a better way of life ahead!
This story inspires me to focus on the little things! Although it is important to remember the big picture and my long term goals; I must first be faithful in the small steps that will lead me toward them. My blogging, exercising, and weekly routines are not possible without the consistency of achieving the little daily tasks that are necessary for them to be purposeful instead of another list of to-dos. My classroom pencil management system will lack the benefits, if I do not focus on the step by step process each and every class period. My action files are just a beautiful pile of papers in a decorative box without being diligent in placing new paper in the folders and making the time to complete the tasks at which they are set up for me to do.
Ultimately, these little things will create discipline, confidence, and dedication; three characteristics of a woman who does not quit.
What are your small things? Do you have a perspective that you need to adjust toward them in order to accomplish your goals? Please share in the comments below so that we may encourage one another.
Until next time – a latte of sparkles & giggles,