The little things can make or break you. Life is comprised of a hundred seemingly insignificant decisions. Each of these minute decision string together to create our life and form our testimony and character. Too often people are looking for the big decisions and major events to shape their lives.
Winston Churchill said, “To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.” The reality is that preparedness or lack there of is determined by all the small choices we make every day.
“It is in the small decisions you and I make every day that create our destiny” said Tony Robbins. And Jane Goodall said, “Cumulatively small decisions, choices, actions, make a very big difference.” The small decisions you make, can sometimes make the most profound effect of your life and change you forever.
David was a man after God’s own heart, but that didn’t happen by accident. When we are first introduced to David, we are shown a life of discipline and careful choices. David constantly was doing the right thing even with the small stuff. While watching his father’s sheep he did the right thing. While serving Saul as a musician, he did the right thing. In all the small stuff, it is apparent that David was a diligent and faithful young man.
When the moment for him to shine came, he had no hesitation. He was prepared for the major task of Goliath because he had trusted God through all the small stuff. His faith was easy because it had been stretched over and again.
No doubt God would desire to do great things in our life, but how can we anticipate to accomplish great things when we cannot even get the rudimentary stuff down. God expects us to be faithful in the small things, so that He can entrust us with greater things. This is the very essence of the Beatitude, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” The More we submit our God given responsibilities to God’s control, the more He can entrust us with.
David’s influence continually grew because he submitted his life to the Lord, and took care of business with the small stuff. One might even say that is what led to David downfall with Bathsheba… not giving attention to the small stuff.
Today take time to pay attention to the small details in life. It is the little foxes, that spoil the vines. Be disciplined and diligent in every small task that has been assigned to you. Has God given you a small ministry? Be faithful and see Him grow your influence. Has God given you an opportunity to make an impact in someone’s life? Use that influence and make a difference for the Lord.
God can take our seemingly small events, and prepare us for something great. Be faithful.
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Samuel 15 - 17
1 Samuel 16:13
“Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.”