TUESDAY, JUNE 15
Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.” “Send for him at once,” Samuel said.
“We will not sit down to eat until he arrives.”
1 Samuel 16:11 (NLT2)
ADJUSTING MY ATTITUDE: THE SMALL STUFF
There is a story about a huge bank where one of the employees was up for a significant promotion. He lost that promotion one day in the bank’s cafeteria when the President of the bank saw the man hide two pats of butter under his bread so he wouldn’t have to pay for them. The President of the bank concluded that any man who was dishonest about butter could not be trusted with bigger things. (Bruce Goettsche, “Little Things”)
As we learned on Sunday, King David didn’t start out as a king. David started out as a shepherd boy and the runt of the family liter. When Samuel went to visit his house, David’s dad didn’t even bother bringing David in from the field to be considered as king. Tending sheep was not glamorous or a very big deal. However, that was the task God had for David at the time and so that was what David did.
Most of us don’t like to feel overlooked or unappreciated. And most of us want to feel like we are doing something to make a difference. This passage teaches us that sometimes it’s doing the little things well that prepare us to make a difference for God. Luke 16:10 says, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” What are some little things God wants you doing for now?
Make a list of the little things God has in your life and praise Him for the things on your list. Thank God for the gift of knowing and serving Him, who is your great God.