The Ministry of Little Things

A book that I have found very encouraging during my unmarried years has been In My Father’s House, A Vision for Daughters Selected and Edited by Tamara S. Valine & Naomi Joy Valine. A chapter in the book is titled The Ministry of Little Things from which I have borrowed my blog title. Surely in the midst of a busy schedule and trying to care for a household it is easy to get distracted and loose sight of our ministry as women in the little things of life. I hope this quote from the book inspires you in your role, whether you are a mother running a busy household or a young lady serving your family in your father’s home, to be about the ministry of the little things in life.

To the ministry of little things every woman is called. Old or young, rich or poor, each has her sweet mission of bringing blessing to the lives of others by her own gentle thought and kindly deed in things seemingly small and of little moment.

The life that is guided by the motive to do all “to the glory of God” will look above to its Lord and Master for power to perform little duties, bear little cares and strive against little sins; and conscious that in the decoration of the person or of a room it is the little finishing touches which give elegance and grace, and in like manner it is the adorning of our profession as Christians the little things that make or mar the beauty of holiness, nothing will be treated as too small or trivial to be of importance when the heart and life discipline and training are concerned.

This reminds me of the passage in Matthew that says the following: “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 16:24-25

The chapter on the ministry of little things ends this way,

“Scorn not the smallness of daily endeavour,

Let the great meaning ennoble it ever;

Droop not o’er efforts expended in vain,

Work as believing that labour is gain.”

May the Lord enable you to minister to your family in the little things of life.

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