Small Matters

Small Matters

16 January 2009


“Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won’t be faithful in large ones. If you cheat even a little, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” (Luke 16:10 NLT)


Last night Jean and I saw part of a documentary about the history of comedy television in the US. It seems that the sitcom “Seinfeld” was sort of a turning point in television comedy. In the interview, Jerry Seinfeld said that his show was a show about nothing!

In an era when everything was supposed to have a “message,” and even the sitcoms had a conflict and resolution, Seinfeld’s show was about the little things, the small matters of daily life and how people interacted with each other when nothing much was going on.

Jesus said that life is mostly about the little things, about how we act and react in the ordinariness of daily living.


Life does have its dramatic moments. There are job promotions and exciting vacation trips. There’s the purchase of a new home or a move to another city. There are sudden illnesses or a traffic accident. There are job losses and business failures. Life has highs and lows.

But so much of life is made up of “small matters.” We get up in the morning, we go to work, we have lunch, we face small challenges and experience little successes. We interact with co-workers and family and friends and teachers and store-clerks and neighbors.

Jesus said that how we deal with the “small matters” of life indicates how we will act and react in the moments of crisis or of great blessing. Small matters matter.


Father, I don’t know what today holds. Before the day is over there may be something big – big happy or big scary. It’s likely that there will be mostly “small matters” to deal with today. Please help me to be faithful, honest, and responsible in today’s “small matters.” Help me to be faithful, honest, and kind today. Amen.

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