I was blessed to be able to attend a beautiful, small bible school in Sweden called Holsbybrunn. It was a bubble of kids from all over the world, who learned about in-depth theological and biblical subjects and the classes were taught by bible teachers worldwide. They taught us to think, question, be impassioned for Christ and to reach the world around us.
One of the teachers, Rick Schoon, spoke on something I had never heard before and it has made a lasting impression on me. It will always stick in my brain and the question comes up daily for me. Are you faithful in the little things? It refers to the verse in Luke 16:10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” (NIV)
Our teacher asked us a question “Are you faithful in the little things? If you see a piece of trash on the ground, do you pick it up? Do you throw your gum on the ground or in a trash can?” As a just-out-of-highschool student, this concept, that was outside my selfish center, was a foreign one. But as an adult, I still see the lack of this idea all around me. So let me ask you a few questions.
- If you are at a place of employment (an office) or if you are a college student, do you leave your mug or dish in the sink and assume someone else will wash it for you? Or even worse, do you leave half drunk, cold coffee cups at your desk and leave it for the cleaning crew to take care of?
- Do you take out your own trash or let it pile up and assume the janitor will get it?
- Do you return your shopping cart or leave it in the parking lot?
- If you are at church and your child leaves crayon peels all over the floor, do you pick it up and throw it away for leave it?
- Do you turn off lights when you leave a room or are you too lazy?
- When you are in someone’s home and your children make a mess with the toys, do you tell your children to clean up at the end of the night or do you assume your host will manage it? (I have to remember this one!!)
- when you are at a party, do you throw away your plastic cups, beer bottles or soda cans or do you leave it out for your host to clean? Do you throw away your child’s paper plates?
- When in a restaurant, do you leave a giant mess for the waitress, or clean up for her, especially when your children have made a huge disaster?
- Do you teach your children to clean up after themselves?
- Is your car a place of trash and old food that could feed a raccoon for a month? Do you neglect and destroy your vehicle or do you take care of the car God has given you?
- After your dog uses the bathroom outside, do you pick it up?
- When you wash your clothes, do you let it sit in the washing machine to sour for a few days?
- How often do you clean your fridge and are you constantly throwing away food or using it up?
- Do you drop popcorn all over the floor of the movie theater, or sunflower seed shells or peanut shells all over the floor of the stadium game?
- Do you leave dirty dishes in the sink for days on end and make yourself more work by having things turn into cement or do you take care of it right away?
- Do you pay your bills on time?
- Do you budget the money God has given you?
- Do you take back Library books on time or do you nickel and dime yourself with fees?
- Do you throw gum on the sidewalk?
- Are you faithful in the little things?
We all fall short in these questions. We’ve all been forgetful and neglectful. But if we want to be given much in this life, we need to be faithful in the small things. I’m sure you can think of your own examples in life.
I think for many of us, we just don’t think about it and when we do, it falls under the category of “I just don’t feel like doing that, maybe someone else will.” It’s laziness. I’ve noticed something about my generation and younger. We’ve been told to facilitate.
In a world of facilitators, many of us don’t just roll up our sleeves and do the work or menial task ourselves. We expect someone else to.
We think much too highly of ourselves, and don’t think much about anyone else. Especially those in the cleaning/janitorial industry. We mentally leave those tasks to them. And we think we are so much better than that. We do a disservice to ourselves and we leave a terrible example to our children.
It’s time to be alert, it’s time to stop being selfish, or lazy or just not notice. It’s time to take care of the world around you. Your world. It’s time to be faithful in the little things.
Mama J, the Hygge Homemaker