The Little Things

Read: Colossians 3:18-25

Some years ago when the space shuttle Discovery was getting ready to head into space the mission had to be aborted and grounded. It wasn’t technical difficulties or lack of government funding, but woodpeckers that caused the delay. Yellow-shafted flicker woodpeckers found the insulating foam on the shuttle’s external fuel tank irresistible material for pecking.

The foam was critical to the shuttle’s performance. Without it, ice would form on the tank when it was filled with supercold fuel, ice that could then break free during liftoff and damage the giant spacecraft. The shuttle was grounded until the damage was repaired.

Marriages and other relationships are frequently damaged not only by big things like infidelity , abuse, or abandonment; but by little things as well like criticism, lack of respect, and taking each other for granted. Those things can peck away at the relationship and keep us from loving, supporting, and caring for each other in a way that is healthy and encouraged in this passage from Colossians 3.

Wives, husbands, and children are all encouraged to love, submit, obey, and serve each other in ways that are not domineering or self-serving. Looking out for the best of the other person is always a way to foster the love of Jesus in our families instead of picking and pecking away at all of the little things that really don’t matter in the big picture.

To produce a healthy Christ-like environment in our families, marriages, and other relationships we would do well to stop and think about how we are relating to each other. Is it uplifting and encouraging or is it always deflating and discouraging? Our words and our attitudes can be very huge things sometimes even though we treat them as the little things.

Make it personal: Think about ways that you have been affecting your family or marriage with words and attitudes that are not helpful. Try to catch yourself in the midst of those and change them for the better. In the end you will be amazed at how it changes the atmosphere of your home and your relationships.

Have a wonderful week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church