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Small Things, Big Impact

We've all heard the old saying, "Don't sweat the small stuff". It's certainly true that we can waste a lot of time or become unnecessarily anxious over small matters. But we shouldn't conclude that small matters are never important. Sometimes the "small stuff" is the fabric out of which history is made. For example, the day President Lincoln was assassinated, he and his wife were scheduled to attend a play at the National Theatre. At the last minute, Mrs. Lincoln decided that they would attend another play at the Ford theatre. She sent a messenger to obtain tickets and John Wilkes Booth overheard the purchase at the box office and decided to attempt to kill Lincoln that evening. Might the whole course of history been changed by the small decision to go to a certain play? We can never know for sure the significance of a choice we make no matter how small it may seem. But small things can matter. A birthday card, a friendly phone call, a brief inquiry into someone's welfare, these sorts of little things can make a world of difference. Jesus himself taught us that something as simple as giving a cup of water to someone who is thirsty will merit a great reward. Everyday offers us many opportunities to make a difference in small ways which may turn out to be not so small after all.


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