Well we have come to the close of the Olympics and what a spectacular program it was. As I watched Michael Phelps compete in swimming and consistently break records and as I watched the women compete in the gymnastics it became evident just how important the little things are.
Water in Phelps goggles may seem small, but when you are swimming for an olympic gold medal you hardly have the time to worry about a little water. Little Things Count! A tear in your swim suit at the last minute when you are about to step up onto the starting blocks, a little thing, but so devestating at the last minute when everything you have been practicing for for at least the last four years comes down to a rip in your suit. Little Things Count!
Then the swimming event of Phelps’ life… to win the race…to beat his closest competitor by one one hundredth of a second…the difference of a pencil eraser…the length of a fingernail. Little Things Count!
I watched an American gymnist receive an excellent score only to discover that it was a tie with the Chinese gymnist who performed first. The procedure to determine the tie breaking score would ultimately come down to one one hundredth of a point between winning the Gold medal and the Silver medal. Little Things Count!
I began to think about how many little things make a big difference. I would like to share my thoughts about some of them. A smile was at the top of the list I jotted down in my notes. A smile is such a little gesture, but it can warm the heart of a stranger, calm the fears of a sad child, say you are loved to your spouse or a close friend. Little things Count! How about saying Thank you? Two little words that can make a big difference in someones life. Studies have shown that being grateful can actually improve your health. How can we ignore something so simple so easy that has such immense potential. Little Things Count!
A friend of mine who’s son has been in the Marines was learning about helicopters and reported about a very important piece of hardware. A single bolt interestingly called the Jesus Bolt. If this bolt fails the helicopter blades will separate from the body and the crew will be closer to meeting Jesus as they crash to the ground. One little bolt. Little Things Count.
I am currently staffing a retreat and the theme is Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth.” Salt is something very tiny, but yet when it is missing from our food we quickly notice. You sprinkle it on food it disappears and a little bit goes a long way. Can you imagine french fries without salt? Little Things Count. There are other things used in the Bible that exemplfy the importance of small things. I will continue this post next time. Until then remember…Little Things Count…more than you think.