When I was a little girl, I loved Fridays, and it wasn’t because it was the start to the weekend. Nope…I loved Fridays because it was grocery shopping day. Now don’t worry…my parents didn’t starve me (smile). I just knew that when my dad came home from the store I was going to get a treat. Sometimes it was gingersnap cookies, sometimes it was a Slim Jim, but my all time favorite was Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets. Yum! AND I was allowed to eat them before I had dinner, plus I got to spend time with my dad while he put the groceries away.
I’m joining Holley Gerth today and her “Coffee for Your Heart” challenge to encourage others. This week’s theme is “A small thing that makes a big difference is…” Well, a Butterscotch Krimpet may seem like a small thing, but it was a big deal to me. Not only was it something tasty, but I got to spend quality time with my dad. It was a special little thing that we shared. It let me know that while he was at the store…he was thinking about me. He was doing an ordinary task that people do everyday, and he took the time to find my treat and bring it home to me.
There are a lot of small things that can make a big difference…
Did you ever receive a phone call from a friend at just the right time? Did they lift your spirits or make you laugh on a day that you didn’t think that was possible? A small thing…big difference.
Have you ever received a card in the mail from a friend that spoke to you in just the right way…at just the right time? Did it let you know that you weren’t alone…that someone loved you and was thinking about you? A small thing…big difference.
Have you ever had someone hold the door for you at a store on a day where you felt like everyone was against you? Or have someone stop their car and let you pass in front of them on a day when you just felt invisible to the rest of the world? Small things…big difference.
Has someone ever said to you, “I’ll pray for you.” during a difficult time, but instead of waiting for their quiet time with God, they prayed with you right then and there? A small thing…big difference.
These small things make a big difference too…
Posting that comment on FB that was less than kind about someone. A small thing…but maybe that comment fed doubts and fears already hard for them to control…big difference.
Telling that gay joke. A small thing…but it is offensive and hurtful to not only the gay person, but to their friends and family as well…big difference.
Pointing out certain verses in the Bible regarding homosexuality to “plant seeds” to your gay family member or friend. A small thing…but trust me, if they’ve grown up in the church they have been over those verses a million times and if they haven’t grown up in the church…not the best approach to introduce them to God…big difference.
We all need to remember that it’s not only the big things we do in life that people notice…it’s the small things too. And sometimes those small things make a bigger impact then we ever imagined they could…good or bad.
My husband finally had his back surgery yesterday. We were bombarded with prayers, texts, and emails all with well wishes…small things…big difference. We could feel their love. (hopefully this post will make sense…we didn’t get much sleep in the hospital last night)
To this day, I can not see a package of Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets and not think of my dad (smile).
Love each other….because love matters.