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Does God care about the small stuff?
Some people say God doesn’t care about the small stuff. They say He takes care of the big things — wars, illnesses, job losses — but He doesn’t worry Himself with our petty daily decisions. They think we should just take care of all the little things ourselves and not bother Him by praying about things that don’t really matter.
In the big scheme of things, the color of your shirt today probably doesn’t matter much. I get that. But I think we need to keep the right perspective.
For instance, if someone asked you who you are, how would you answer? What defines your life?
I suspect most of us would answer with our jobs: I’m a teacher, a stay-at-home mom, a blogger, a homeschool mom, a writer…
Perhaps some of us could answer with an accomplishment: I’m an award-winning novelist, the CEO of a multi-million dollar company, a Grammy winner… (In case you are confused, I am not any of these! This is an example… 😉 )
Regardless of your job title or accomplishment, you would not have yet answered the question, because it wasn’t, “What do you do?” but “Who are you?”
Those job titles and awards are not who you are.
Sure, those are big things in our lives. They impact our daily schedules and decisions. But they do not define us.
It’s the small moments that define us: how we respond to a child who asks to play a game together, what we search for online when no one is around, and our reactions to the stresses that pop up during our days.
Thousands of small things, day after day after day, paint the details in the picture of our lives. Those small decisions are what define us and our character.
Now let me ask you again, “Does God care about the small stuff?”
He absolutely cares about who you are and the character you are developing.
If those thousands of small moments are what ultimately defines who we are, and if God cares about who we are and who we are becoming, then I would argue that He also cares about the small stuff.
Each decision we make impacts the next. One step closer to temptation makes the next step a little easier, and one small lie finds the next a little braver. One generous act finds the next a little sweeter while one word of encouragement can help the next positive word come a little quicker.
All the small stuff adds up to define you. Will you let God be in your small stuff?