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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 31, 2014

The little things matter

By Jim Luder, spiritual care counselor, HCI Care services | Jul 19, 2013

We’ve often been told that it’s the “little things” in life that really matter. And the older I get, the more I believe that is really true. Recently HCI Care Services began a program where the volunteer coordinator and either a volunteer or an employee who is a veteran do a presentation to honor our veteran patients.

What has amazed me as I have participated in these is that we are really offering nothing of substance to the veteran. We don’t really do anything special, we say the Pledge of Allegience, read Psalm 91, recite the reading “What is a Veteran,” explain the colors of the flag and put the pin on them. What amazes me is when I go back to visit and some are still wearing the pin and have the certificate displayed on the wall. For us it is a little thing, but to them it holds great significance.

Jesus told us that in the same way, when we do “little things” in his name we are doing great things for him. He even says that if we offer a cup of cold water that they will be rewarded for that act (Matthew 10:42).

Jesus also speaks in Matthew 25 of those who fed the hungry and clothed the naked that when they did it to “the least of these” they did it for Jesus.

We may not all be able to do great things, but we can do the small things that God has called us to do and thereby serve the lord.

 

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