“Whoever is faithful with little is also faithful with much, and the one who is dishonest with little is also dishonest with much. – Luke 16: 10
When I was in college, we used to go out to eat at Fazoli’s because they had all you could eat spaghetti for $3. One of my friends used to order the spaghetti and water. He would then take his water cup and fill it with Coke at the soda bar. It always bugged me, and I’ll admit, it’s because he always got away with it. But today’s verse above points out the bigger issue.
I know, stealing a coke is small thing, but it’s still dishonest. How can folks trust us if we are dishonest in the small things in life? We can rationalize all of the short cuts in life to get ahead. It’s only a little thing. I think Jesus point is that the little things matter, because they point to larger issues.
It’s easy to say to ourselves, well, I’m not hurting anyone, so it doesn’t really matter. The truth is, it does matter. The little things in life do matter.
I remember how my single parent mom, worn out from work, would listen intently to the story of my day. On single day, this may seem like a small thing, listening to others. But over time, it revealed the depth of her love for her children, and taught us, by example, and important value – Love listens, even when you don’t feel like it.
Here’s my conviction today, can I be trusted with the little things? Because they do matter.
Prayer: Lord, help me do right in the seemingly small areas of my life. Help me to be the person you created me to be each and every moment of every day. Use my imperfect example to lead others into the ways of your love and grace.