I tend to think of the big things in life as being the most significant. Big events, big things, and people with big influence get the most attention. Big houses, big cities, big sporting events, and big headlines grab our attention. But every once in a while I’m reminded that it is often the small things that matter most:
- A warm blanket on a cold winter day.
- A kind smile and an acknowledgement of your presence in the grocery store line.
- A call from my wife or daughter.
- A good cup of coffee shared with a friend.
- An invitation to dinner.
- An old song that brings back good memories.
- A twinkle in the eye of my bride.
- A well written book in the evening.
- A few quiet moments with God in the morning.
All these things have infinitely more value to me than the “big things” that try to steal my attention. If I can remember that it’s in the smaller things that I will find true joy, then my day is filled with gratitude and praise for God’s goodness and mercy, even if the headlines seem grim, or the weather is dreary.
I can have a great day, even when my favorite team loses in the playoffs. I can be secure in God’s peace and joy even if the doctor has a bad report. There are always small joys and wonders in which to find reason for gratitude and praise if I will look for them. God has created us with the capacity to focus on the good even in the storms of life, and He has promised to be with us there too. That’s why Paul can encourage us with these words…
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)
What small sources of joy are surrounding you right now? Take the time to discover them and live in the grace of God today!