People want to experience great things. They want to be great. They follow the latest fashion, actors, pop stars, rock stars, football heroes, movies, books, and music. People are obsessed with what the world perceives as greatness and even Jesus’ disciples were guilty of the same.
“At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Matthew 18:1 KJV
I have attended many weddings in my life, but 2 weddings stand out to me because they so contradicted each other. Let me compare them for you. The first wedding was a big extravaganza…a big production in a big church with lots of people. They even let down a screen while the bride and groom were standing before the minister and showed a movie. It was scenes of the bride and groom when they were children growing up. There were big bouquets of flowers all over the church. Several lengthy songs were performed. The bride wore a very formal gown with a long train (it took 2 attendants to help with it) and was attended by 8 bridesmaids. The groom wore a tux and was attended by 8 groomsmen. This couple’s wedding ceremony lasted almost an hour…I’m almost positive the congregation felt like I did…let’s get these 2 married already and let’s eat! Maybe not everyone, but I’m pretty sure most felt this way. I know I did!
The other wedding paled in comparison to this one. It took place in a little white country church. Their wedding was attended by family and a few close friends. The bride wore a simple, white dress. The groom wore a suit, the only one he probably owned, or may have borrowed it. She was attended by her sister, who was the maid of honor. He was attended by his brother, who was the best man. The flowers were simple. They looked like wildflowers…I know they had Queen Anne’s Lace… they were simple, but beautiful. The bride looked lovingly into her soon to be husband’s eyes during the vows. You could feel the love pulsating between these two. You knew they didn’t have enough money for a “smansy, fancy” honeymoon or enough to get out of Dodge, as me and my husband like to say, but that simple wedding was and is to this day, the most beautiful wedding I have ever attended. Oh, and by the way, the couple who had the “big” wedding divorced a year later while pastoring a church. The second couple are still married and have been married 29 years. She just posted this on Facebook a few days ago, it was her birthday and she wrote…”My crazy wonderful and handsome husband loves me!! Don’t be hating ladies, after almost 30 years together he still has my heart.” And he wrote: “To my wife it’s your birthday. We have been through thick and thin and I will be there to the end. I love you so.”
I’m convinced it’s the little things in life that are really the big things.
Hey moms out there…how many of you have had your child come to you holding that proverbial yellow dandelion in their chubby little hands and say, “Mom, this is for you. I love you.” And how many of you moms still have it pressed between the pages of a book or maybe even framed and hanging on the wall? The little dandelion picked by your own sweet child means more to you than all the flowers in the world! Moms, am I right?
It’s the little things in life that are really the big things.
If we’re not careful, we’ll be so busy looking for the big things that we’ll miss the little things.
“And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18:2-6 KJV
Jesus made it very plain how he feels about children and had a stern warning for those who mistreat a child. But he also explained how man enters the kingdom of God…like a little child. A child is trusting and vulnerable. They love and give love. To obtain salvation that Jesus provided for us on Calvary, we simply come to Him with a child’s heart, with childlike faith. We accept the love He came to give. We trust what He says in His Holy Word (the Bible) is true and we believe in Him. We believe in His love for us. When we do this, we have eternal life. Simple faith, that’s all it takes.
Sound too good to be true? That’s why it’s called the Gospel…which means “good news.” It’s the nearly too good to be true news, but guess what? It is true! Believe it. Receive it.
Do you agree with this post, that the little things in life are really the big things? Please leave a comment and/or share an incident where you found this to be true in your own life.