By Tommy Rush
Most people I know have never been bitten by a lion or stepped on by an elephant. However I’ve met a lot of people who have been stung by a bee and bitten by a mosquito. This past week, I was planting some rye grass on the dam of a pond and the mosquitos were eating me alive! If you’ve ever spent a few hours with a mosquito on the attack, then you know how big small things can be.
Wednesday afternoon I visited with a friend who had a large tree that had fallen across his driveway in a recent storm, but he was having difficulty moving it because it was full of bees.
I’ve been thinking a lot this week about how big little things can be. Little things are important because they often lead to big things. Addition comes before multiplication, crawling before walking, high school before college. I’ve always heard that no one starts at the top except a grave digger. If you want to do great things in your life, start doing small things in a big way.
This coming week is a special time for the church I serve. We have the blessing of being a Collection Center for Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. In 1993, Samaritan’s Purse began the ministry of collecting shoeboxes filled with small gifts for children all around the world. Since that small beginning, over 178 million shoeboxes have been given to children in over 160 different countries. This year more than 11 million Christmas Shoeboxes will be shared with children in many of the poorest and most storm damaged countries in the world. There are more than 575,000 volunteers giving their time and energy to this tremendous effort of grace and love this year. Hundreds of volunteers will be serving this week at the Collection Center located here in Natchitoches.
It’s just a small shoebox with small gifts, maybe a pack of pencils, a bar of soap or a coloring book, but that small gift has a way of making a little boy or girl feel ten feet tall. That small Christmas shoebox has a way of communicating the most awesome message the world needs to hear, “Jesus loves You!”