Doing Small Things with Great Love
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
One of the fundamental parts of the human experience, in my mind, is finding the way that you uniquely can impact and shape others and thus have an impact on souls, the world, and eternity. In theory this sounds great and if you ask me how I want to steward my time on Earth I can probably come up with an eloquent sounding answer that may leave you thinking I am living out the Great Commission in every moment, but that is the farthest from the truth. The truth is we all want to live out the Great Commission but when you talk about things such as souls, the world, and eternity, these hefty topics leave us wondering how one person can really begin to make a dent. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are people out there who are leading organizations that are changing the world and can cause us to look at our own lives and wonder if what we’re doing really matters.
This past week spent with the children at One More Child has given me a refreshed and renewed perspective on the things that matter, the things that are eternal, and the things that truly make a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters. If the sweet babies that we worked with this week could speak, I don’t think they would tell us that we made a difference in their life because we moved mountains, but rather, we made a difference because we showered them will small acts of love that met their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Our week has been spent changing the messiest of diapers, feeding meals and bottles, bathing, changing dirty clothes, rocking to sleep, playing, and of course giving out endless hugs and kisses to the sweet children. As we were doing these things the verse that kept coming to mind was James 1:27 which says:
“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for the orphans and the widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”
Too often I get caught up on the big questions of life and I dismiss what I deem to be a small act because it doesn’t seem as important to me in the moment. But these “small” moments are exactly the ones that make the biggest difference in the lives of people around us. I can tell you that in the moment, changing a dirty diaper didn’t make me feel as if I was having an impact on eternity. But when I look at the smiles, laughter, and pure joy of the children, and I see the work that is being done to give them hope for their future, I am assured that we are impacting their lives eternally, and fulfilling our deepest purpose. The children this week have reminded me of what humans long for at the most basic level, and that is for someone to care for them, to hold them and love them, to meet their needs when they are unable, and to remind them that they are important and dearly beloved. Isn’t this what we all really want from those around us? It may look different than being picked up out of a crib and cradled, but we all want to know that we are important and that we are loved. I think the best way for us to communicate this to others, to live out exactly what the children have shown us, is to continue to do the small things, knowing that these small things are just as holy and important as the bigger things. As I return home, I want to continue doing small things with great love, knowing that this is the key to impacting lives for eternity.