I pulled the classic mom move and volunteered my son to help with a destruction project for an elderly woman from church. He wasn’t overly excited at the proposition. Then I told him he could drive the tractor and he perked up. He spent a couple of hours one afternoon swinging a sledge-hammer, gaining blisters, popping wheelies on a tractor and having a great time. This was a little thing he did to help someone in need.
In this season of thanksgiving and gratitude, I have been thinking about the little things we can do to live into this scripture.
15-17 Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. (Colossians 3:15-17 MSG).
Little things can have a big impact on another’s life. Simple things show care, support and love. I made note of some of the little things I have noticed this past week.
- Cleaning refrigerator drawers
- Bringing food over
- Helping move things
- Being present
- Dishes done
- ”Sure” as a response when asked for help
These are all things I witnessed or received. These little things have had a profound effect on my week. They have given me strength and left me feeling proud. They have also left wondering about the little things I could be doing for others. If I’m keeping in tune with others and not off doing my own thing, I would be doing more for others.
As I move into this season of thankfulness, I want to be doing more than being thankful for what has been done for me. I want to be looking for opportunities to do little things for others. I want others to receive what I did. I want a small act of kindness to bring light to someones tough day.
How about you. What little things have impacted your day? How do you try to stay in tune with others? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.