We did purchase a new toaster, and I almost had to laugh at how silly this seemed, however, it made me think about how often we do not pay attention to the smaller things in life. I know we are all busy with work, home life, being parents (or children). Taking our kids to sporting events at school, watching them in talent shows and plays. It seems that with out busy schedules we can simply place the small things in life, that while they seem insignificant, that actually can be just as important as the larger things in life.
to illustrate this point, Saint Francis De Sales2 stated, “while I am busy little things, I am not required to do great things.” 1 So, what are these smaller things? Maybe they can be taking time to listen to music or spend time with your favorite activities such as hobbies, or crafts. Taking a walk or hiking, reading a book (I still use paper books personally). These may seem trivial; however, they can make the difference in your day, or they may be things that allow you to reconnect with yourself. We can look at small things in a larger sense, having a family game or movie night. Sitting at the table for supper and putting phones and tablets away in favor of conversations with each other. Though these small things may seem unimportant, in truth, they are valuable to us. Epictetus3 states “Practice yourself for heavens sake in the little things and then proceed to greater.”1
what does this all mean? I believe that like my toaster, seeming unimportant, that we must recognize that the small things in life are of great importance to ourselves, and, in turn to others. Saint Paul states in Colossians 3:14 “And above all these put-on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” (NIV)
How can we give love, if we do not first take care of ourselves, to appreciate the small things in life that provide us a way to nurture and grow in our faiths, our relationship with ourselves and God? So maybe in the larger picture my toaster was not that small of a deal as one may think?
I will leave you with one more thought about the small things in life, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle4 observed, “it has long been an axiom of mine, that the little things are infinitely the most important” 4
May the peace of our Lord always be with you
2. Saint Francis De Sales – Roman Catholic bishop 1567 - 1622
3. Epictetus – Greek philosopher 50 A.D. – 135 A.D.
4. Sir Artur Conan Doyle – British author 1859 – 1930