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Little Things Mean a Lot

By: Bruce Fairbairn

The world seems to glorify big things: Super Bowls, global news events, famous (and infamous) people, number of followers on social media and how many “likes” one receives. The emphasis on bigness, glamor and visibility leaves many people feel like they are inconsequential, on the outside looking in, hearkening back to Henry David Thoreau’s claim that “all men live lives of quiet desperation.” However, I believe it is in the small things of life that most define us, the everyday events and common expressions of love and gratitude that give our lives purpose and direction.

This past Christmas morning, I was sitting on the family room floor with five remote controls trying to reprogram the TV and peripherals. Nothing was working out right and I was totally frustrated. Then our son Neal walked by and gave me a small encouraging pat on the shoulder. My mind immediately transported me back more than 30 years ago to one of my loveliest and fondest memories.

I had taken Neal and daughter Sarah hiking in Keehner Park. We went off trail to a secluded and pristine part of the woods that I had recently discovered. I hoisted 4-year-old Neal on my shoulders so he could see better and said something like “now this is a very special and beautiful place that most people have never seen.” Suddenly, Neal hugged my neck so hard I almost passed out as he cried “oh, thank you Daddy for taking us here!” Maybe an exceedingly small thing in the world’s view, but a hugely impactful event to me. Little things do mean a lot.

Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection was by far the biggest event in human history, but Jesus in his time was considered small and inconsequential. The “elites’ and intelligentsia of his time—the Pharisees, Roman officials, Hebrew royalty–looked down on Jesus as an itinerant wanderer lacking material wealth and leading a ragamuffin band of questionable characters. However, every day by His words and example, in ways big and small, He taught them and us eternal truths, the things that really matter. In the small and intimate Upper Room, Christ shared the New Covenant in His body and blood. Sharing communion with our friends at Crestview evokes a similar small and intimate setting. Through common expressions of love and gratitude, the Lord’s Supper enriches us, defines us, and gives our lives true purpose and direction.