Small Things Are Big

Two very small copper coins.
                 —Mark 12:42

Jesus’ biggest message on giving was triggered by watching a poor widow drop “two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny” in the temple treasury. That small woman’s small gift has activated more philanthropy than any multi-million dollar endowment in history.

We live in a culture that worships at the shrine of bigness: big stadiums, big budgets, big churches. Big mistake!

Greatness, according to Jesus, is not bigness but service (Mk 9:35; 10:43).

An angel in C.S. Lewis’ book Out of the Silent Planet said, “[We] never speak of sizes or numbers to you. . . . It makes you do reverence to nothings and pass by what is really great.”

Don’t denigrate the seemingly small things you’re doing. Serving well in small ways is not a stepping-stone to greatness—it is greatness.

Small things, done well, make a big difference.

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