Little Things

Small, seemingly trivial, less important things that require our attention; often adding up to be big things . . .

The hardest thing you have to do: The mundane, the routine, and the unrecognized tasks of life. Judith Sills


Little things are infinitely more important.  Arthur C Doyle


Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.  Peter Marshall


     Many of us underestimate the importance of doing the ‘little things.’ We have a tendency to think that our time and effort is best utilized on the large, important things. It may be exactly the opposite.

    There is a world of opportunities, big and small, awaiting us. Much can be accomplished by paying attention and focusing on ‘smaller opportunities.’ Little things often add up to be big things. Over the course of time, lots of little things can come together to become larger important things.

    Every day we are exposed to numerous details, nuisances, minor issues that do not necessarily seem very important. The big things are always there but demand more concentrated effort, proper scheduling, perhaps even money or other resources. Days or weeks can go by with little or no effort being put forth on the ‘big things.’ However, during this same time period, many little things typically go undone.

     There is wonderful psychology to doing the little things. Primarily, they do add up to be big things. They are always there piling up and needing attention. Each one done is a successful project accomplished. They tweak self-discipline and motivation. They help us to create a take action attitude that gets reinforced after each success. The more disciplined we become on being faithful to small tasks; the more we have ‘a leg up’ when we tackle the bigger tasks. We are developing our ability and our commitment to use time wisely, accomplishing things incrementally, and methodically and patiently move forward.  

     We would be surprised by our volume of accomplishments by systematically and “doggedly” staying on task. Big projects could be accomplished by breaking them down into small projects. Let us assume that we have an hour a day to spend on little things. If the average little thing required thirty minutes to one hour to accomplish, then we could get one to two little things done in the hour available. In the course of a week, we could get as many as seven to fourteen things done. They add up. Think of the progress that would be made on our “to do” lists. All of this could be due to better utilizing one hour per day to make progress on the things that do not usually get done. Additional fringe benefits would include increased self-esteem, self-respect, and self-confidence.  “Do the little things”, they are bigger than you think.

Challenge:  Make a list of ‘little things’ you need to accomplish. Keep the list accessible. Keep a ranking of ‘to do’s’ that are most important. Be aware of the amount of time each requires. Be ready to take on a task when you have a little time to take one on. Try to take on a least one a day. Resist the temptation to not do anything. Get in the habit of doing something even though seemingly it is very unimportant. Little things add up to be big things.  

Wisdom: Little things are indeed little, but to be faithful in little things is a great thing.  Augustine

Spiritual: (NIV)

The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. Proverbs 13:4


Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9


I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13


The Bible tells us the more faithful we are with little things the more God will entrust us with bigger things. Talents, faith, blessings, all these things used wisely and honorably will be rewarded with bountiful increases of more of them. God rewards us for being faithful stewards of his resources. We start where we are and we have little successes. When we take bigger steps forward with faith and confidence, our successes become greater.   


Prayer:  Help me to be able to use my time and my opportunities wisely and in ways that please you.                            


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