Doing Little Good

My ears perked up when I heard a song on the radio that proclaimed, “Dream small.” Dream small? We’re always being told to dream big. I listened carefully to the lyrics as they unfolded. The song, by Josh Wilson, referred to a pastor who had served a church for 40 years, “Forty years of loving on the broken and the hurt. These simple moments change the world. Dream small.” I served Mayfair-Plymouth Church in Toledo, Ohio, retiring in my 40th year, so the song really got my attention!

The song then declares, “Don’t buy the lie you’ve gotta do it all. Just let Jesus use you where you are. One day at a time. Live well. Loving God and others as yourself. Find little ways where only you can help with His great love.”

Self-help books and graduation speeches tell us to dream big. Maybe it’s time we spend some time dreaming small! Fred Rogers, friend to millions of children through his television show, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, spent an entire week on the theme of “Little and Big” and emphasized how little things can be done with great care.

Most of every day is made up of little things, seemingly inconsequential at the time. The big things, the great opportunities, come infrequently. Because a majority of the building blocks of life are the little things it’s best to do them well, for they are at hand, rather than waiting for the big moment, the big opportunity, that has not yet materialized.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, stated, “It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” Mother Teresa said, “The Lord likes small things best, especially those done with love.”

Good relationships and success at any task aren’t achieved so much by taking advantage of the rare big moments but by doing the common little things with great care. Every day is packed full of little things. It’s the small things that are a big deal. So, dream small!

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” (Jesus in Matthew 13:31-32)

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