Little things make a big difference. A good leader respects this reality that little things do make a big difference. At a certain level, big things do not make a big difference. It is the little things that change everything. A leader has learnt, through the years, to respect little things and those little things have made a big difference in his life. The Word of God is replete with examples of little things that make a big difference.
Little Things That Make A Big Difference
- A little faith
…If ye have FAITH AS A GRAIN OF MUSTARD SEED, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
A little faith can make a big difference in your life!
Faith is important because you can only be saved through faith!
Faith is important because the elders received a good report through faith!
Faith is important because we live by faith!
Faith is important because we walk by faith!
Faith is important because without faith it is impossible to please God! Amazingly, only a little faith is needed to accomplish great things with God. If you have faith as the smallest mustard seed, you can move mountains.
- A little seed
And he said, whereunto shall we liken THE KINGDOM OF GOD? Or with what comparison shall we compare it? IT IS LIKE A GRAIN OF MUSTARD SEED, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
The kingdom of God is also a small seed. This means that everything in the kingdom of God starts small but becomes great and mighty in the end. A church represents the kingdom of God, which starts out small and becomes a mighty tree.
A missionary who goes out into a country may seem insignificant. As the years go by, he will bear much fruit and become a mighty tree in the land. The Bible looks like an insignificant book in the hand of a preacher but that little book is a little seed that can change the lives of many people. Books, CDs, DVDs and podcasts are little seeds that have a great impact.
- The little foxes. Little foxes speak of little things that can undermine great achievements.
Take us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. Song of Solomon 2:15
The Little Phone
One day, I met a director of a large wealthy multi-national company. As I interacted with this executive I noticed his free use of his official phone and how other family members and friends could use his company phone to call anywhere in the world.
So I asked him how many directors and other staff members had such phones with such unlimited use. He explained that other directors and several other staff below his rank had such phones and they all had unlimited use of the phone.
He then offered the phone to me and asked if I needed to call anywhere in the world. Indeed, I enjoyed several hours of free long-distance international calls. That day, I predicted the collapse of this multi-national company and I was not wrong. A few years later, the entire company collapsed from within. Perhaps, the little phone with its bills was making a big difference!
The Little Bulb
One day, I visited my grandfather and grandmother in Switzerland. I had a nice time. But one day, my grandfather got angry with me, waved his walking stick at me and shouted at me in German. I wondered what terrible crime I had committed. I was surprised to find out that I had left a few bulbs on. What could be so wrong with leaving some lights on in the corridor? Why was he angry about something so little?
As I grew up, I found out that this “little thing” of wasting electricity was a characteristic of poor people. Developing countries without much money leave lights on and waste electricity all the time, whilst the rich tend to save electricity. Leaving lights on and wasting electricity can undermine all your efforts to save money and become rich!
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
A little leaven can affect everything. This scripture speaks of the influence that a little error can have. A little error in the doctrines of the leader can lead to the destruction of many lives. Entire churches and denominations are led into lukewarmness and fruitlessness because of a little difference in doctrine. Be careful dear leader, the church’s failure to teach about salvation through faith and grace, can create a totally backslidden church whose members buy their salvation with money.
By Dag Heward-Mills