Doing Small Things with Great Love

by Kelsey Sorvick

As a mom to a small child, I often feel that I'm dwelling in the land of little, monotonous tasks. Diapers and feedings, constant redirection of unwanted behavior, and the cleaning up of tiny messes blur together until I could go through the motions in my sleep. But I do the small things gladly. Despite how insignificant they may seem, I try to remember that those little labors add up. Being intentional in the small moments flows from the great love that I have for my daughter.

Doing small things with great love is the essence of motherhood, but isn't it truly the essence of LIFE as followers of Christ?

Mother Theresa said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” I'm reminded of Matthew 25, when Jesus explains how we should care for those who are hungry, thirsty, strangers, poor, and sick. In verse 40, Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Serving “the least of these” looks different for each of us. Most of us are not called to serve in Mother Theresa sized proportions. But ALL of us are called to love the people God has placed in our midst. Our biological families, our church families, our co-workers, our friends – all of these people can become sick and hungry, or come upon hard times and need a helping hand.

In my experience, serving others through small labors of love is never glamorous. Jesus' life as a carpenter from a backwater town was not glamorous. Washing feet and hanging out with beggars was definitely not glamorous, just like changing dirty diapers, bringing a meal to a sick friend, or caring for an elderly parent is not glamorous. Love is a messy business, but Jesus' love shines brightest when we allow ourselves to dwell with others in the mess, the mundane, and the seemingly insignificant moments.

A mere spark can start a fire, a leaky faucet fills up a bucket one drop at a time, and a sprinkle of salt transforms the taste of a dish. Small things can add up quickly! If everything we do flows from an attitude of Christ-like love and sacrifice, even the small stuff can make a huge impact. If our goal as followers of Jesus is to make Him known, we can start by committing to do the smallest of things with the greatest of love.