Scraps?

January 8, 2020

 

My friend, may I ask you a question? As unimportant as the little things often seem in life, isn’t it amazing how the small things make the big things possible? Perhaps that’s why God is much more interested in the usual and the little known than He is in the amazing and the renown.? 

 

My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

I ran across an old adage recently that really got me thinking: “Small whips make large oxen walk narrow lines in a wide road.” When you think about it, that’s really a good way of visualizing the small tasks in life that often seem so mundane, even forgettable. I was reminded of this the other day as I was sweeping up my shop floor at home. It was covered with small pieces of sawed wood that would be easy to discard since none was of a size to use for any other woodwork- ing project. Nevertheless, I rescued each small piece and tossed them into the scraps bin. This is the bin that supplies kindling for our hearth fires in the house. It’s nearly impossible to get those fire started without a couple of pieces of useless kindling in the stove first. And so often it is with the small things in life that seem so easily overlooked. 

 

Horatius Bonar, reflecting on this subject, realized that the little things can either make or break the Christian. He wrote, “A holy life is made up of a multitude of small things. It’s the little things of the hour and not the great things of the age that fill up a life like that of the apostles Paul or John, or David Brainard, or Henry Martyn. Little words, not eloquent speeches or sermons; little deeds, not miracles or battles, or one great heroic effort or martyrdom, make up the true Christian life. It's the little constant sunbeam, not the lightning, the waters of Siloam that go softly in their meek mission of refreshment, not ‘the waters of the rivers great and many’ rushing down in torrent, noise, and force, that are the true symbols of a holy life.” 

 

As unimportant as the little things often seem in life, it’s amazing how the small things make the big things possible. That’s why God is much more interested in the usual and the little known than He is in the amazing and the renown. In Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians He instructs: “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands” (1 Thessalonians 4:11). The holy life isn’t necessarily the life of martyrdom, although God has His purpose for this. Rather, the holy life is often a life comprised of scraps and cuttings that, in and of themselves, don’t count for much. But, when God strikes a match to the daily scraps of our lives, how they quickly turn into Holy fire.  

We pray. Heavenly Father, when we find ourselves thinking that who we are and what we do is not very significant in anyone’s eyes, especially Yours, remind us that You build big with a lot of small things, people like us. Forgive us when we look for glory or honor. We know that’s not where Your plans lie. Help us O Lord to be content with where we are in life, who we are, and what we’re capable of doing. Simply use us Lord; use us completely up in Your many small and wonderful ways. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! 

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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