“If you receive a prophet as one who speaks for God, you will be given the same reward as a prophet. And if you receive righteous people because of their righteousness, you will be given a reward like theirs. And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.” (NLT)
James Boswell was famous as one who wrote a biography of Samuel Johnson. Boswell himself kept a journal. In that journal, he often referred to a very special day in his childhood when his father took him fishing. It made a great impression on him and deepened his love for his father.
That father, it so happened, also kept a journal. Much later, when another writer was researching that Boswell family, the father’s journal was investigated to see what the father himself thought of that special day. The entry for that day read, “Gone fishing today with my son; a day wasted.” What had meant so much to the son seemed to mean nothing to the father.
We can so often presume we have wasted a day or a meeting, or a conversation when someone else has got great benefit from our part in it. Just because we feel useless doesn’t mean we are useless. Just because we figure we have wasted time with someone doesn’t mean that someone has not been blessed.
As Jesus reminds us, doing the small things does not mean those small things don’t matter. In the purposes of God, little things might count a lot.
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