A friendly handshake.
A kind word when a harsh one is expected.
A group of church carolers standing in front of a mall singing on a cold winter night in December.
These seem like little things, and when you look at it, they are little. But remember – little doesn’t mean insignificant.
One person stands and preaches in front of thousands of people.
But someone else stands on a snowy street corner in Milwaukee and explains a gospel tract to a homeless guy getting off the bus.
The first seems large and impressive, the second would fly right under our radar – many of us would ignore it, or discount it as a small thing.
Again, being small doesn’t mean it’s insignificant.
A teacher tells a third-grade girl that she loves her, and that’s why she’s passing down this discipline – because love makes you want the other one to do what’s right. That one word of love stands out so vividly in that little girl’s mind, that as a grown-up she never forgets it, and raises her own children differently because of that teacher’s one action.
Those children grow up to be great men and women of God because that mama’s actions were influenced by a third-grade teacher from her past.
Nothing you do for God is insignificant. God says Himself that He uses the foolish things to confound the wise. He uses little things to change people, one at a time. He uses small things to change a person’s direction, He uses a different direction to change a person’s destination, and a person’s destination influences an entire sphere of the world around him.
So go out and do those small things. Do the little things that make people’s lives better. Give someone that smile. Shake the hands at church. Give a lonely person some fellowship. Give a lost soul the gospel. And don’t do it just because it’s Christmas.
Do it because it’s right.