“Little Things Matter”

This Week’s Meditation:  “Little Things Matter”
Read: Mark 4:30-34

The parable of the mustard seed reminds us of many things but one of the truth’s it proclaims is that little things do matter for both good and bad.

I was reminded of that again last night when the St. Louis Cardinals played a big game against Milwaukee whom they are chasing in the National League Central standings.  In the sixth inning the Cardinal pitcher walked a batter and then a couple pitches later the backup catcher allowed a past ball (that should have been caught) get past him.

That small error allowed the runner to go to second and soon after he was hit in for the score when Milwaukee’s catcher Jonathan Lucroy singled.  The next player made the third out of the inning.  If it wasn’t for the passed ball the runner would not have scored.

It seemed like a small thing until the 9th inning when the score was tied and went into extra innings.  If it wasn’t for that past ball the Cards would have been up 3-2 and won the game in 9 innings.  Instead they lost 5-3 in extra innings.

When Jesus tells this parable he is describing what the kingdom of God is like.  The smallest thing, the smallest seed that is planted can end up making such a big difference in someone’s life and in God’s kingdom.

The same can also be said about a wrong choice we make in life or a seemingly small decision or error.  What at one point may seem small and insignificant may one day end up having a huge impact on your life or others lives.

When we think of the mustard seed we need to consider how small things can lead to great things for God, but we also need to remember that small choices that go against God’s will can also grow into bigger problems if we are not careful.

One baseball game is not a big deal, but those little things in life that we sometimes take for granted sure can be.  Remember that this week as you face each day.  Take nothing for granted and live to grow the good in your life and not the bad.  After all that is God’s perfect will!

Make it personal:  No matter how small or insignificant you may think your job, your responsibilities, etc. are, God plans to use you and them to further his kingdom on this earth.  Approach your life in that way and live each moment as if it matters to God, because it does.

Blessings in your week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church