My Dad always hated having “change” in his pockets. Every night after work he would empty these coins into a jar. Slowly over time, that jar would be filled up. Then Dad would go down to the bank and deposit the coins into a saving account. We looked forward to knowing how much was in the savings account each time, because this was our holiday money.
This did not mean we went away on Holidays every year. Often we stayed at home. But the money was used by my parents for treats and special outings that they would arrange during one of the school holidays. I was always surprised by how much was in that money jar and little by little that bank account would grow.
Reflecting upon this Lenten season, I could list things that I know need to change in my life- for the better for my life and for those I live with! The enormity of deciding to change in these areas can be so overwhelming that I’m paralysed. Where do I start?
But then I remember the “change” that my Dad collected and the effect of little by little came into my thoughts.
Was the Holy Spirit trying to say something? Guiding me?
Why don’t I try, with the help of God, to start to change some little areas in my life?
Helping out more around the house, cleaning my room, offering to do the dishes, not complaining about what’s for dinner, being more patient, watching my language, saying thank you, … the list goes on…
These little changes will end up being BIG changes. Little by little they will grow and produce little changes at first but then Big changes in my Life in my interaction with others’ lives and all for the better.
Jesus praised those who had faith as small “as a mustard seed”. That faith the size of a mustard seed would move mountains. Have you seen the size of a mustard seed? It’s a speck in the palm of your hand. Just a dot. But this smallness, this size could do wonders – even move mountains.
The saying goes” don’t despise small beginnings”.
I’d like to encourage you, “don’t stop there where you are – continue to grow and develop.”
PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. Help me in changing the little things in my life that need changing. May I trust you in the little things to help me then move onto harder, bigger areas in my life. Amen