The message on my phone was riddled with words like ‘anxiety, guilt, weight and overwhelmed’. I responded immediately, letting my friend know that I was there for her and that I would be praying for her and her situation.
The following week, I decided to let her know that she was still on my heart and that I was continuing to pray for her. I called and left her a quick message, feeling impressed to leave her with these simple, but encouraging words, “You’re going to be okay and so is your situation.”
Shortly afterwards, my friend called back in tears, telling me how much she needed to hear those exact words and how the Lord confirmed in her heart that she was indeed, going to be okay. Then she made a point of telling me how much she appreciated my call.
Now I realize prayer is no small thing under any circumstances. But to be honest, making that call was easy for me…because really, anyone who knows me at all can tell you that I love conversation and I’m equally excited when I can encourage someone. I viewed it as a little thing. She saw it as an act of love.
That “little” thing you do is never a small thing to someone in need.
Another friend of mine is a busy women’s pastor, so when she contacted me recently to make plans to get together for conversation and lunch, I was thrilled. It had been months since we had seen each other. As we approached the counter to order our food, much to my surprise, she insisted on paying the tab. Not that big of a deal? As a teacher who only gets paid nine months out of the year, it was to me. And that “little” thing she did? It added joy to my day.
And maybe you’re sitting there reading this and thinking, “I don’t do anything special.” Sure you do.
You see, that thing you do doesn’t have to be huge in order to matter or have an impact. It just has to come from your heart.
Maybe that thing you do is make a cup of hot coffee for your spouse in the morning. Or perhaps you rub gentle circles in the backs of your littles as they drift off to sleep at night. Do you like to decorate your home or enjoy setting a lovely table for your family each night? Some of you send thoughtful cards and notes in the mail (aaah, my love language). And still others of you frequently post a beautiful picture or an encouraging messages on social media.
So keep on doing the little things you do…because when you bring joy to someone, it’s not so little, now is it? What’s the little thing that you do well? Please share in the comment section.