I never understood as a kid why God had to create such annoying insects like flies, but then I learned that every single creation has a purpose in the big picture.
Confession time — I'm a very emotionally stable person, but there are two things that irritate me at extreme levels: the squirrel duo that (obnoxiously) won't stay out my window and flies.
Ever since I could remember, I was afraid of bugs. If there's a fly around me, I will literally get up and run as if I'm being chased by a Pitbull—yes, they hold the same weight in my life.
I remember waking up one night, when I was about 14-years-old, to the sound of a fly buzzing very loudly by my ear. I instinctively waved the fly away, but that sucker kept on buzzing.
It wasn't long until I realized something was wrong. The fly wasn't buzzing by my ear, it was inside my ear. OMG, I went crazy!
I jumped out of my bed, flew down the stairs to my mom and stepdad's room, and started banging on their bedroom door as if there was a burglar in the house.
Tears were dripping down my face. And every time the fly buzzed, I was on the edge of having a heart attack. I was hysterical, to say the least.
They hurried to the door, and I told them there was a fly stuck in my ear. I hoped they had a quick solution, but I was prepared for the worst.
I thought that I was going to have to endure the loud buzzing for hours, but to my surprise, my stepdad had experience with the rare situation.
He grabbed a bottle of mineral oil and told me to tilt my head to the side so he could pour a drop down my ear. Then, he had me tilt my head to the other side with a tissue underneath my ear.
And what do you know! About 5 (very long) seconds later, the fly came out. It was a teeny-weeny fly—smaller than the size of a gnat.
From that day forward, I started sleeping with cotton balls in my ears. And then I eventually graduated to sleeping with a scarf or bonnet over my ears to disguise my fear.
How could something so tiny have such a profound impact on my life?
I was chatting with a friend from Ghana about some of the problems in his country. He was telling me that there's so much that he wants to do to help but he doesn't even know where to start. I suggested that he should start with something small because even small efforts can have a big impact in the long run.
He didn't see it that way.
Sometimes we underestimate the power of small things. I'm ashamed to admit that there were times in the past when I've wanted to give to a cause, but because I didn't have a large sum of money to give, I chose not to give at all.
Imagine how many millions of people have had the same mindset, and instead of giving five dollars or even one dollar, they choose not to give at all. Every amount helps.
During his earthly ministry, Jesus taught his disciples a very important principle:
"If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities." - Luke 16:10
Throughout the New Testament, there are many examples of individuals who were faithful in small things. One of my favorite examples is in Mark 12:41-44.
While rich people were throwing large amounts of their wealth into the temple treasury, a poor widow put only a few cents worth of coins in.
In verse 43-44, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
Jesus illustrated that your sacrifice in giving is more valuable than the amount you give.
The poor widow's faithfulness in something seemingly tiny has encouraged others to give in abundance for over 2,000 years. Now that's impact!
If you ever begin to question if what you desire to do can make a difference, remember that every little bit matters. You don't have to have everything figured out to do something great. Just be you. Your life, all the people you touch with your presence, and everything you do makes a difference.
Small things can have a big impact.
What's one small thing that you can do today to help further the kingdom of God? As always, I'd love to hear from you. Head on over to the discussion page with your stories, feedback, and questions. I look forward to chatting with you.
You were born to do great things :).