I go to lunch every week with a good friend at the local Dairy Queen (I’m a fan of the Dude, no lettuce or tomato please).
As we left this last week my friend asked what I was going to do that afternoon — I shared I was going back to the office to “Study for my Sunday sermon (pastors are always studying for Sunday).” A young man was sitting at the next table, and he asked, “What’s your name?” I said, “Ken.” He said, “Ken Ansell?” “Yes,” I replied. “Are you the one that says, “He told me to tell you that?” Yes, again. My new friend (and fan) doesn’t know it, but he blessed me (who doesn’t like being recognized, right?!).
There’s a crazy story in Mark 14. A woman pours a very expensive ointment on Jesus. It says there were some that got ticked off and told the ointment could have been sold and the money used to help the poor. Jesus says something very cool in verse 9 that makes me think there is hope, Jesus said, “She has done what she could;”
D. L. Moody in his classic book entitled, "To the Work! To the Work!" tells us, “Thank God, every one of us can love Christ, and we can all do something for Him. It can be a small thing …” What my new friend Chris did was small but was very encouraging to a pastor who is always studying for Sunday.
Small is big from God’s perspective. I’m reminded of the woman who put in two copper coins and Jesus gave her a high five (Mark 12:43). The prophet Samuel asked Jesse if he had any more sons (1st Samuel 16), Jesse said, “One more, but he’s small, he’s the baby.” God thought the little shepherd would do (he became king).
Samson killed 1,000 Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey (Judges 15:15 & 16). Samson did what he could with what he had, proving it’s the little things in life that matter.
In Matthew 5 we're told that love can be expressed to our enemies by merely greeting them. Small, but an expression of our faith in Jesus Christ. If we will just do what we can for God regardless of how small it might seem, maybe the culture would change for the better.
The Apostle Paul told us to “count others more significant than ourselves” and to “look not only to our own interests but also to the interests of others (Philippians 2:3 & 4).”
So go ahead make someone’s day (call, text or email), be a blessing, encourage someone by “doing what you can.” He told me to tell you that.
Ken Ansell currently serves as a pastor and local missionary in small, rural Texas community. He plays lots of tennis and fly fishes when he can. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org