The Small Things
I recently read an interesting article about George Washington, the first president of the United States. Unfortunately, he died a very painful and some believe unnecessary death. But what I found interesting is that shortly before he died, in his will he requested that all his slaves be set free, a command that his widow followed through on so that Washington’s slaves were actually free by one year after his death.
Washington had known of slavery his whole life and though he held slaves and never abolished slavery, he did oversee much legislation to restrict the spread of slavery into new territories. In private, he spoke of his desire for the country to move towards abolishing slavery.
His story just reminded me of how we each can make decisions daily that move us towards the plan of God. He was the president and though he could have done big, huge things that impacted the entire country, in the end he showed his true feelings about slavery to the ones who served him.
I so admire people who can take on the big causes with passion and fervor, many dedicating their life to it and traveling the world seeking justice. I actually felt moved hearing about the peaceful protests regarding the election. People were willing to get mobile to have their voice heard. That’s important.
But we can’t all make the big gestures because of life and responsibilities. And I don’t believe the big gestures are the end-all-be-all. The small gestures that show who you are and what you believe at the end of the day have a lot of power.
Small things have lots of power. Look at mustard seeds.
“The Lord said, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Pull yourself up by the roots, and plant yourself in the sea!’ and it would obey you.” (Luke 17:6).
Don’t wait until the end of your life to make a statement about the value of your fellow human beings. Every day love more, share more, be patient more, forgive more. The world is full of hurting people and every day you can say in some small gesture that all people matter to God. You are so much more powerful than you know but keep seeking God and you will continue to see glimpses of what you can do for Him and through Him.
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