I asked God to give me a focus for the year, for both family and work.
The phrase “be faithful in the little things” popped into mind and lingered.
Everywhere around us, most people are rushing to achieve the bigger and the better. There’s nothing wrong with having big dreams and ambitions, but don’t overlook the small, daily habits that may help us live a more meaningful life in the long run.
So I thought about the specific ways I want to be faithful in the small.
- Training the kids to say their please and thank you’s.
- Teaching them to say grace before meals.
- Teaching them to show appreciation to those who serve and help us.
- Giving them opportunities to give to others.
- Training them to do little chores around the house (they already help out but we need to be more regular and consistent.)
- Teaching them to consume less and make the most of what we already have.
For myself too…
- To be thankful for even the smallest projects or jobs I secure, and to do them wholeheartedly.
- To say “thank you” and “I love you” often to my spouse
- To start a weekly devotional time with my fast-growing tween
- To keep the Sabbath a day of rest (and a gadget/social-media-free day)
- To marvel at God’s tender love and mercies that show up in mundane everyday things, in the coffee I drink, the air I breathe, and the clothes I wear.
What are the things you’d like to be faithful in this year?
“Do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa
“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