It’s Just A Small Thing

  By Bob Brubaker  |  

There are many things we disregard, neglect, or to which we give a half-hearted effort because we think it’ just a small thing that doesn’t matter anyway. Or does it?

The starting gun fires and they are off! The best of the best swimmers in the world have left the blocks and they swim with all that they have for the honor of a gold medal and a world record. The distance is only fifty meters so there is no holding back. The fastest eight swimmers in the world swim stroke for stroke the length of the pool and the winner is decided by one – one thousandth of a second. As fast as they were moving in the pool the distance separating first and second would just about equal the length of a fingernail.

“Just a small thing?” I don’t think so. That small thing is a world of difference. Too often we look over some small details, disciplines, or even small victories thinking they are insignificant but in reality, those small things are just as important as that one – one thousandth of a second is to a world class swimmer.

In the days of the prophet Zechariah, the rebuilding of the temple project seemed small and insignificant compared to the magnificent temple that Solomon built. In fact, the people either made fun of what was going on or just didn’t care because it seemed so small. God sent a word to the people:

Zechariah 4:10a Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.

Small things have a tendency to lead to greater. One example is Jesus taking the few small fish of a young boy and multiplying them to feed a multitude of people. Another is Jesus’ reminder that even a small faith can accomplish great things.

Matthew 17:20 (ESV)  He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Another time Jesus told a story about a faithful servant who was faithful in the “small things.”

Matthew 25:23 (ESV) His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’

As you look at your life, the big things seem to get our attention, but we’ll be sorry if we neglect the small things that could make a world of difference.

Are there some small details you are overlooking because your focus is only on the big picture? Are there some very important disciplines that seem so insignificant they are often neglected? Those little disciplines are actually a reflection of the greater. When the little ones are overlooked the greater ones are most often missed as well. And how about those little victories, aren’t they worth celebrating along with the big ones? Maybe things overall are not exactly as you want them to be, but consider how the little disciplines, little details, and small victories mount up to be steppingstones to successes in life. So the question is to you today, “have you stopped to enjoy them, allowing them to get you on your road with momentum, or have you blown over them, because it’s such a small thing?”

God’s word to Zechariah is quite applicable to us today.

Zechariah 4:10a Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.


Bob Brubaker

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