His piece wasn’t as big as the others Fred realized. Watching the other bugs carry heavier pieces home, Fred dropped his. Why couldn’t he carry something bigger?
Have you ever felt that way? Watching others serve in the big ways you’d like to but can’t. Or have you put a “price tag” on your service, more valuable versus less valuable? (I gotta stop doing it myself.)
Sometimes how I can serve seems so small, while others around me are pulling more weight. But we’ve all been there at one point. It could be age or financial status, but whatever you feel keeps you from serving in “better” ways — replace that idea right now with this:
Serve where you can, with what you have.
My Mom keeps reminding me of this, and it’s really the heart of service, and the key to serving well. Weed out the things you know you can’t do and do what you can.
The trouble is my adventure filled, story driven mind keeps telling me everything I can do is so small in comparison, so why even bother?
It’s a valid question, but one that usually begins the comparison game. Have you ever noticed how comparisons are like potato chips, you can’t make just one? Eventually all you’re left with is a skewed and depressing view of yourself.
But there is an answer to why we bother with the small things.In fact I believe there are 3 main reasons we need to do small acts of service and why we should think better of small acts. (If you’ve got any extra speak your mind below.)
1. God’s interested in my heart, in how I serve, not the size of the service.
It should be obvious to me that God gave all sizes of service, but my mind gets stuck on the big ones. Maybe you can relate, and if you’re in that boat let’s remember…
2. It could be small to you, but big to someone else.
I can’t measure my effect by my opinion. That’s just what’s going on between my two ears.
Telling someone you’re praying for them can make a difference in their life. A difference you might not realize until you’re on the other end of the stick.
3. The only way I’ll be faithful in big things, is to be faithful in small things. (Luke 16:10)
There’s no short cut to being faithful in service to others. You work from the bottom up.
So: Serve where you can, with what you have. Consider every act of service important.
Then your attitude can be a little more like this:
His piece wasn’t as big as the others and Fred was tempted to toss it aside and find a bigger, better one. Instead Fred smiled and hurried on with his tiny piece, it still made a difference.
I’d love to know, how do you serve others in small ways?