Today’s post comes from Sarah Buss, Children’s Minister at C3.
It’s in the Small Things
Today’s Reading: Proverbs 6
Today’s Key Scripture: Proverbs 6:6 “Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!”
I have often heard the phrase, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” In some ways, I understand the heart behind that statement, but when analyzing that theory from a different perspective, I am left believing, “You better take notice of the small stuff before it becomes the big stuff”. It seems that King Solomon, the author of the book of Proverbs, would stand in agreement with my thinking.
Proverbs 6:6-11 says this: “Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest-then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.”
Pastor Matt recently mentioned that during an average day a person will make about 35,000 decisions. While I was completely astounded by this statistic, it did get me thinking. How many of these decisions, if not contemplated with wisdom and intention, may lead to devastating consequences in the future. For example, each morning my alarm goes off at 4:30am. Some days I am like the lazybones mentioned in Proverbs 6, and I turn back over, choosing not to be disciplined and take an hour of my morning to exercise. On other mornings, I am more like the ants, choosing to sacrifice my slumber for what I know will have the best long-term effects. These decisions may seem small. It is easy to reason with my lazybones and hit snooze. What will it matter, right? Wrong! Just like the ants I must determine my goal. Theirs is to gather enough food to make it through winter. Mine, as my 40th birthday approaches, is to be healthy and strong enough to see my kids graduate from college, get married, and start families of their own. Although choosing not to exercise today may seem like a small thing, over time, that choice will grow exponentially. That small thing becomes a big thing.
What sort of decisions make up your 35,000 per day? When faced with conflict, do you choose to brush it under the rug, or do you deal with the issue Biblically by addressing it with the person? Brushing it under the rug today could lead to bitterness and resentment in the future. That small thing then becomes a big thing.
How about financially? Do you make a decision to give to God first, or do you choose to give Him whatever leftovers remain at the end of your pay period? Being obedient and generous today will lead to financial stability and blessing in the future. That small thing becomes a big thing.
The examples go on and on, but the principle is the same. Proverbs 6 reminds us to be like the ant. Let’s know our goals in life, and determine that we will prayerfully consider every choice we make each day. For we know that even a small thing can become a big thing.
God, help me to be more like the ant, and less like a lazybones. May your Holy Spirit guide all of my decisions each day, whether big or small. May I be cognizant of how my decisions today will impact my tomorrows, and may I have the discipline, strength and desire to be obedient to the decisions you desire me to make. Amen.