“and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.” vs. 4
Sometimes we get the idea that being a follower of Jesus requires amazing heroism, doing really big things that have an impact on millions of people. But that’s not what Jesus says. In fact we might easily summarize his teachings with the words, “it’s the little things that count!” We get a sense of that in the summer time in parts of our country when temperatures are at their highest. In recent years, particularly in our larger cities, it’s been important for bottled water to be made available to the homeless. It may not seem like a big deal, but it really is. Providing water can mean the difference between living and dying for those who live on the streets. So it’s good to see the pallets being delivered and stored…and life-giving cups of cold water being shared. In a similar way it’s good to see the hugs and smiles that mark our daily interactions. A kind word can lift a sagging spirit…caring eyes can touch a hurting heart. Most of the things we’re called to do as disciples are the little things…and they make the biggest difference. Indeed, there are days when a hug or a smile can literally be the difference between life and death. And no little thing we do ever escapes the notice of God…there will always be a reward.
Thought for the Day: What “little things” can I do today?