Monday, March 9, 2015

Make a Difference Monday: It's the Little Things

My youngest daughter goes to "Pretty School" (aka Preschool) and each week they go to chapel.  I love how they can take a message from the Bible and make it where the kids can truly grasp and completely understand what they are being taught.  I know I like to make things more difficult than they need to be so when they send home the little slip of paper that tells what the weekly lesson was, I always think, "hmm...I never thought about it like that."

Here's the lesson from last week:  Jesus washing the disciple's feet

     Jesus and his disciples gathered for a special Passover meal.  Jesus knew He would be leaving them soon.  After dinner, Jesus wrapped a towel around his waist and filled a bowl with water.  Jesus washed and dried his close friends' feet one by one.  Then it was Peter's turn.  He felt uncomfortable with the Lord washing his feet.  Jesus insisted Peter let Him so he could become part of God's kingdom.  Then Jesus let them know that they must do this with each other in service to one another.  By doing this, Jesus showed the disciples how to love and serve others.
     Washing a guests' feet was a custom during Jesus' time as the roads were dusty and guests' feet were dirty.  Even though we wash our own feet now, this is still a great act of love and service we could show to one another.  Even simple acts can make a big impact on others.  Think of something small and simple that you could do to show others love and kindness and serve one another in the name of Jesus.

I think at times we can get overwhelmed with the thought of serving others.  We think it asks too much of us.  We think we don't have enough time.  That we don't have enough money.  But we do!  Serving others doesn't require much - just that we are present and live intentionally.
See someone having a bad day or just look sad?  Look them in the eyes and let them know you care.  Sometimes just hearing someone say, "I'm praying for you" makes all the difference in the world.  So many people just want to be noticed and feel that someone cares.  Let's be that person.
It truly is the little things.  Someone being nice to your kiddo.  A stranger letting you cut in line at the grocery just because.  A hug.  A text from a friend you haven't heard from in a while.  Serving others doesn't have to "cost" you anything.
Everyone can serve!  It doesn't matter your age, your education, the color of your skin, what kind of car you drive - no one is excluded!  Come one, come all!
Never think what you did wasn't enough.  God made us all in His image.  No job or act of kindness is too small or too insignificant.  Jesus was washing the feet of His friends. Normally this job was done by the lowest ranking person in the room but Jesus showed us how to be humble. Jesus was always willing and able - we should be too.

This week, heck, this LIFE, I want to live with my eyes wide open.  I want to see needs and say, "how can I help".  Maybe it's a hug, a note of encouragement, just a hello - I don't want to let these moments pass me by!  Let's get out there and love God and love others - will you join me?

Have a blessed week!  Gig 'em and God bless!
Holly

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22 comments:

  1. Love this!! This can't be any truer!!
    Chelsea@ thewilliamsjourney1.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Chelsea! There are times that I think, "does what I'm doing truly matter" and the answer is always yes! Every little thing matters! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

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  2. What a lovely post. I would like to go to pretty school.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thanks, Janie! She has called it Pretty School ever since she started talking. It's just too cute to correct! :)

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  3. I am loving this! It truly is the little things, and I agree I don't want to let the opportunities pass me by. Love that your daughter goes to pretty school-priceless! I can not thank you enough for linking this post up at Making Memories Mondays! So so glad you came! :)
    Cathy@ three kids and a fish

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! And, thank you for hosting! I just started my first link up last week so I was happy to be apart of the first Making Memories Monday! You'll have to stop by here on Wednesday and link up! It looks like you had a great response! Didn't you think "phew" after the first person linked up! :) I'll be back next week! Have a great evening!

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  4. I love this and I love your prompting that everyone can serve! I used to think I was lacking and therefore couldn't serve... I didn't "qualify" in my own eyes but the Lord qualifies me!

    Such an inspiring post.

    I have to remember to come to your link up! Ahhh - so hard to remember all these things!

    Thanks for sharing.

    God bless you.
    xoxo

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    1. Hi, Jennifer! Thank you for your sweet words! I, too, use to think I didn't have anything to give - but I was thinking purely financially. But, giving of my time and talents is just as important as any dollar amount I could give. And, now, serving is truly one of my most favorite things to do!!! You are absolutely right - the Lord qualifies EVERYONE! Thank you again!

      Hope to see you Wednesday! I had to start a link-up page of where I link up each week. It was the only way I could remember who, what, when and where! :)

      Have a blessed night!

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  5. I like your post very much. We all can make a difference, and it doesn't have to cost us that much. Thanks for reminding me :)

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! We can all make a difference - one little thing at a time! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Holly, what a great reminder to look for those opportunities to show kindness to others. Thanks for linking up at Mondays @ Soul Survival. Blessings!

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    1. You are very welcome! Thanks for hosting!

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  7. Such a great reminder that even little things matter. This actually goes really well with the Week 7 "Simply Inspired" post about serving! It's so great to bring the gospel back to the preschool/kindergarten level. I'm convinced we do the most good when we remember how purely our preschool hearts love Jesus.

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    1. I loved week 7 of "Simply Inspired"! My family loves to volunteer together so it really resonated with me! And, I couldn't agree with you more - if we could all love Jesus like kids - the world would be a better place! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  8. I just did three days in a row of Random Acts of Kindness if you'd like to check it out on my blog. Fits well with your post today. From Link Up Thoughts for Thursday

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    1. Hi, Michelle! Loved your Random Acts of Kindness ideas! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I love how you say everyone can serve! That is so true and I think we sometimes forget that. Wonderful post!

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    1. Thank you, Tiffany! Your sweet words made my day! Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Holly, this is so beautiful! I really saw the importance of this when I was still working at my dental office. I was amazed at what a difference I could see in my patients just by listening - like truly listening - to them. It cost me nothing but a few minutes and my full attention. And I know that there have been many times people have done little things for me that have meant the world...especially saying "I'm praying for you" when times are hard. Thanks for sharing this with us for Tuesday Talk! I'll be adding this to our features board on Pinterest! - Jess
    www.sweetlittleonesblog.com

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! I have to remind myself that grand gestures are amazing but it's the little things that people remember... Thanks for the feature! Have a wonderful evening!

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  11. Found you on GrammieTime.
    I loved reading about you. Your heart for Jesus shines thru your blog.

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    1. Hi, Melinda! I'm so glad you found me! Thank you for your sweet, sweet words! Absolutely mean the world to me! Hope to see you back soon! Thanks for stopping by!

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