“For who despises the day of small things?” (Zechariah 4:10a)

I once came across this verse in Zechariah in a time of life when I longed to do big and grand things. I wanted to travel the world and do things wild, courageous, and brilliant.

After college, I worked for several different human service jobs around the world. In all of these, I realized, that really each required more little things than grand, impressive ones.

And in the humbling, Mother Teresa’s quotes became some of my favorites.

“We cannot do great things, only small things with great love.”

“Do not think love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

I see these truths more and more as I have been staying home with my son and daughter. My daily accomplishments are small and easily undone. Clean dishes easily refill the sink. A clean diaper too soon smells suspicious.

I still long to be a part of this beautiful Kingdom work that Jesus describes.

But instead of grandiosity, I am seeking small ways to join in on God’s kingdom and it’s glorious messiness.

And I realize that all these days of small things, there is great, great love.


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