Today is St David’s Day, the patron saint of Wales. When you read through the legends about saint David you find a pioneer, a determined man of God to change the nation. Saint David, of course is still remembered by the people of Wales 1500 years later. David’s last sermon to the monks is recorded “ Be joyful, keep the faith, and do the little things that you have heard and seen me do.’”
The phrase ‘Gwnewch y pethau bychain mewn bywyd’ – ‘Do the little things in life’ – is still a well-known maxim in Wales.
What a great phrase to focus on today, ‘doing the little things in life’. So often we can be focusing on big things, dreaming the next big dream and of course there is nothing wrong with that. However, doing the small things can often have a greater impact and in some cases help us achieve those big dreams and visions. Taking time to appreciate the little things in life can also really help with our emotional and spiritual well-being. Maybe today we can take time to appreciate creation, how about admiring the beautiful daffodil on St David’s day.
In the Bible we see many examples of God using small things to make a big difference. A baby in a manger, a star. No one illustrates this better than the boy who gave his lunch to Jesus and ended up feeding five thousand (John 6:9) or the widow who dropped her two coins into the offering and went on her way (Mark 12:42)
Of course this is good news for each of us, it means that no matter how small we might feel or insignificant God can use us to. We could begin by supporting our work colleagues, telling a family member we love them, doing a random act of kindness, stopping to chat to someone, looking in on a neighbour, or catching up with an old friend. It is easy to think that those sorts of acts of kindness are insignificant, but don’t underestimate the importance of Small Acts of Loving Kindness. They really do have an impact on our relationships and our communities and could make a big difference to somebody today.
So join me today and make your maxim ‘Do the little things in life’