How many times have we had someone do something for us, or give something to us, and we fail to acknowledge them? How often do we not say thank you to someone who sends us a card or letter? How many times would you think something that small would mean the world to that person?
I would have to say that we, at times, fail to think about some small gesture can mean more than a large or lavish gift or event that someone gives us.
I must admit that I have been guilty of this at times in my life. I have not taken the time to thank my child for making me a mud pie or thank a friend who was there for me when I needed them the most. Recently, I was the recipient of a small thing going unnoticed. I had sent out a card to someone for their birthday and when I called this person, they did not make mention of the card I sent.
How many times have you not given someone acknowledgement for a small gesture, or been on the receiving end of not being recognized for something you have done?
Often, I believe that our lack or inability to see any small gesture given to us, shows that our lives have become to busy. We have become to in tune with the world that we forget to be humble and show humility towards each other. Saint Paul tells us, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3) Paul also tells us we should “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2)
We should be humble, we should show humility, we should not forget that our actions towards another person could have long lasting effects no matter how small or insignificant their gesture may seem at the time.
I would ask you then, take the time to say thank you for the mud pies, the cards the drawing and dollar store statues. Take the time to let someone know how much their efforts meant to you. Take the time to act with humility towards one another. Take time to be humbled by the little things in this way we will live as we are told in Psalm 25:9, “He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way”
Peace be with you