Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It's The Little Things

"In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love." ~Mother Teresa

When you are consciously in tune with your spouse, you can catch on to "little things" that matter. Ordinary gestures transform to extraordinary when they originate from the heart.

Almost every night, I wake up in the middle of the night thirsty. Noticing this, without having been asked, Adam sets a tall glass of iced water on the bathroom counter for me before I go to sleep. Every time I see it there, I feel my heart swell with love. 

There are countless other little things that he does for me faithfully. All of them add up to make a big difference. From taking the trash out every week early in the morning, to giving me a hug first thing when he walks in the door from work. Instead of having to wake up to the jarring sound of an alarm clock, he calls me on the way to work every day. During this phone conversation, he speaks forth declarations that God puts in his heart so that we can start each day in unity and with the right attitude.

Luke 16:10 says, "If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won't be honest with greater responsibilities." (NLT, emphasis mine)

We all desire greatness, but we must remember that mansions are laid one brick at a time. This is not only true for marriage, but also careers, dreams, and ministries. As you allow God to sanctify you, He will build new life in you that will remain.

Psalm 127:1 says, "Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain." (NKJV)

Let the Lord build your marriage as you allow His love to flow through you. Anything done from performance, strife, or obligation will eventually topple and crumble. Allow God to heal the foundations of your marriage, and do the seemingly little things with great joy. You never know the great impact they may have on your spouse.


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