The other day an heroic act to save the fish in my pond from a fishing cat resulted in me slipping and breaking a bone in my wrist. Pain and tears followed… A trip to A&E told me it was a small break that should heal quickly. A trip to the fracture clinic a week later told me surgery is needed to place a metal plate in my wrist so it joins back properly.
Small is effective! So often we get carried away with the large, the big, the grand – yet small is also significant, small can change lives, can alter plans, can get your attention!
During the Olympics a few organisations worked together on an outreach – music, dance, drama and testimony on a stage converted from a trailer. On the last Saturday, at the last minute, a church gained permission for a full day on Bromley High Street. A young lad walked past and stopped to watch what was happening and asked to hand out leaflets. My wife, Jean, approached him, smiled, introduced herself and chatted to him. The lad said he knew something was out there but unsure what. He told Jean that he was interested in Church but not sure where to go and that he had never read the Bible. He had something to eat, Jean went to buy him a Bible, he handed out more magazines, he asked for prayer, he helped pack away the trailer…
A month on and this lad is now part of the church – he has invited several of his friends along who are also becoming part of the church – and his life is getting sorted (he gave up smoking for example).
This lad started this journey with a small act – a smile, introduction and chat. The reason we were there, outside Bromley Library, because the church had made a simple small phone call to the council.
Small is effective! God is the God of the small as well as the large. Jesus wants us to use every moment of our life for him – the smile, the hello, the invitation to eat with us, the Facebook and Twitter status update, the thank you to the bus driver…
As the pain in my left wrist shows – small is powerful, small can be life-changing, small can be significant – commit your life to small moments counting towards God’s super-large plan… Some ideas are onwww.loveyourstreets.org.uk (and tweet #Do1NiceThing to celebrate the small!)