November 5, 2013

the littlest things.

Lately I feel like the Lord has been encouraging me to serve others in this time of waiting.  It is one of the first times in my life that I am not moving, trying to find a career, or worrying about getting dean's list worthy grades.  For once in my life (at least in a while), I have been focusing on what my heart and mind are telling me. 

It's not easy to schedule "quiet time" every day,but I figured if I could find time to watch TV, I could find time with the Lord.  Not only did I want to find that time, but I also began yearning for that time with Him. I felt him speaking to me, I felt him calling me to be a servant of him.  I wasn't being called to travel the world and preach the message of him, but rather, something a bit more simple.  I kept hearing that sometimes it is the littlest things in life that truly mean the most...and as I reflected on that, I thought of one little thing that has impacted me for over 16+ years.

When I was 7 years old and in the first grade, my mom was expecting my little sister.  I remember how excited I was and how excited my first grade teacher Mrs. Precht was for my family.  Mrs. Precht was expecting her first grandchild just a few days after my sister was to be born, so she was constantly asking how my mom was doing.  

The day my little sister was born, she provided me with this book to read to her.  I was just learning how to read, so this little cardboard book encouraged me to read even more. Most of the books I have received in my lifetime have ended up on a shelf, never to be opened again...but this book, is one of my most treasured possessions.  Whenever I move, it gets put into a special box that stays in my car because I would hate for it to go missing. 

Ruth Precht wrote a handwritten note in the book....  every once in a while I will pull this book out, read it, and remember all of the things that this wonderful teacher taught me.  It's hard to believe that I still have it after 16 years...and it is still one of the the most important items in my life.

Just proves to you that sometimes it is the littlest things in life that matter most. 

I think it's time to start serving him through the little things. What do you think?