Faithful in the Little Things

by | May 22, 2005 | Faithfulness, God's Love

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Thou has been faithful over a few things. I will make thee ruler over many things.” – Matthew 25:21

It’s amazing how little things make a big difference. Especially in the hands of a typist.

When I was in high school I took a typing class. Today I think they call it “keyboarding” since few people use typewriters these days. I took this class and…I hated it!

Everyday we would do what I considered to be stupid exercises. For example: With our left hands we would type AQ AW AE AR AT. Then, SQ SW SE SR ST. Then, DQ, DW, DE, DR, DT. Then, FQ, FW, FE, FR, FT.

We would switch hands and do a similar exercise with the right hand. This went on for weeks, even months. What did this little exercise have to do with typing?

One day as I was asking that question to myself in my mind, my teacher must have read my thoughts because she said something like, “Today, you are going to type sentences.”

“But, how?” I thought. “You haven’t taught us how to type, you’ve just taught us all of these stupid exercises.”

She handed us our assignments for typing and left the room. I didn’t understand how, but I started pecking on that typewriter and words began to form!

I started typing quicker and sentences appeared. Then paragraphs. I was typing! But, how could this be?

I learned to type by learning those Little exercises. Those exercises taught me discipline. They taught me where the various keys were located. They taught me how to move my fingers with ease and precision. They taught me how to type.

Being faithful in learning the little things, like typing AQ, AW, AE, AR, AT, taught me how to do the big things, like typing 60 words per minute and finishing top of my class.

What I found to be “stupid” and “unimportant” turned out to be critical to the “big picture” that I couldn’t see.

You know, everyday God gives us little exercises.

Little things like leading us to spread some good cheer to a discouraged co-worker. Little things like leading us to give an extra $10.00 to a missions offering. Little things like helping out a needy neighbor.

Maybe we think they don’t have much significance. Maybe they don’t seem too important. But, my friends, I’m here to tell you that God uses those little exercises of everyday life to impact people and further His Kingdom.

God can use that encouraging remark you made to change a person’s entire life. God can multiply that $10.00 and bring hundreds to a saving knowledge of Christ. God can use your helping hands to draw people to our loving Savior.

God sees the big picture. We don’t! Christian, don’t underestimate what God can do through your life. Be faithful to Him in the “little exercises” He assigns you each day.

And you’ll find that God can take your AQ, AW, AE, AR, AT – and turn it into paragraph after paragraph of the Greatest Story Ever Told about Jesus.

It’s amazing how little things make a big difference.

Especially in the hands of God.

Jimmy Brown [email protected]


Faithful in the Little Things