In a world filled with images of helping others, poverty-stricken areas awaiting aid, and generations of people who strive to be ‘world-changers’ I’ve become convinced that we’ve lost the legs to actually make a difference. Indeed we all have the heart to make such impacts on our fellow man, but too often we’ve lost the trees for the forest. We want to make waves on the planet and instigate huge changes, we want to start non-profits and travel to the ends of the world to spark hope and aid- and yet we refuse, willingly and intentionally, to change our own toilet paper rolls.
Somewhere, somehow, we’ve forgotten how to do the little things. Or perhaps not forgotten, just grown lazy. Changing toilet paper rolls isn’t hard… but its not sexy either. It’s not Instagram worthy. It’ll never be blogged about (well until this one I guess…!) this small action won’t ever go viral. But in this world of big ideas, social injustice, going viral for amazing stories- somewhere along the line our priorities changed. No longer are we content to stand by the sidelines and be diligent in completing what has been given us. We aren’t content to just do the everyday work of servants- no. We demand more.
And yet I can’t help but think that God requires a bit more in the ‘small.’ Yes, these big dreams are awesome- many are God-given! But God needs us to help in ANY situation. Small changes, big changes- are we willing to obey regardless the ‘impact’?
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” Luke 16:10 NLT
God wants to know that when we see a need, we will meet it- without question or expecting accolades. He wants to know He has servants that are better at the details than the dreams. He needs people to change the toilet paper rolls… and then perhaps He’ll entrust us to change the world.
“That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NLT