Faithful in the Little Things
Faithful in the Little Things

Faithful in the Little Things

Faithful in the Little Things

Sunday I shared the story of my Great-Great-Great Uncle Emory Reese.* He and his wife Deborah served as missionaries in Western Kenya from 1898-1923. They translated the New Testament into a tribal language. They did it so well the government had them develop courses for the locals to learn to read and write their own language. He brought the first printing press to the area and built one of the first brick factories, which, by his measure, produced the “finest bricks around.”

This was an era when you left home for the mission field assuming you’d never return. There were no 12-hour flights across the ocean to rescue you. No email or phone. Letters moved no faster than a train, horse, or boat. Many missionaries packed their belongings in a coffin, so they’d have it with them to be buried in. He was thousands of miles and hundreds of hours from his parents back on the farm-speckled plains of Illinois.

Early in his work as a missionary he wrote his Dad a letter asking for advice. His Dad replied, “Do the littles. Do them well and watch them multiply in thy hands.” This is a paraphrase of our memory verse for the month, Luke 16:10, “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much.” The little things we do every day really do matter. It may not seem so in the moment, but over time they add up and make a difference. This was true on the mission field one-hundred years ago, and it’s true today.

The month of January we’re focusing on building Ten Habits for Spiritual Life. What are the small daily Habits we build that will lead to spiritual transformation in 2024? Sunday we talked about Hearing God’s Word – it’s not too late to start into our church Bible reading plan. In the coming weeks we’ll unpack other habits – all meant to help us grow closer to Christ so that we can make him known throughout Southwest Louisville!

*Story adapted from the book True Identity by John C. Majors.

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