On the Days When Life Feels Small, Remember This…

It’s okay if life feels small sometimes, if it is filled with little things—dishes, laundry, reports, mugs of coffee, commutes, quick conversations, making the bed (or not). Jesus didn’t say, “Well done, good and famous servant.” He said, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

The more time I spend on this earth, the more it seems faithfulness happens when no one is looking, when nothing is being measured, in the moments that don’t seem to matter much at all.

Confession: Sometimes I wish God cared more about size. That I could impress him by doing something big. I could prove my worth in the depth of my thinking or the length of the list of my accomplishments.

But he spoke the world into being, scattered the stars into space, knows the location of every grain of sand carried home in a billion sandals. What does he care about how large or tiny something is? He seems to relentlessly, unwaveringly care about love instead.

And isn’t faithfulness just many acts of love over a lifetime? It’s the listening to a friend, the tucking in of a child, the extra bit of patience in the parking lot, the soup passed down the table, the hug hello or the long good-bye of grief. It’s just showing up as we are, where we are, and doing what we can for whoever is in front of us.

Jesus didn’t say, “Well done, good and famous servant.” He said, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Oh, none of us do this perfectly and faithfulness doesn’t require it. Faithfulness takes the long view. It’s about persistence, resilience, repetition. Faithfulness can seem boring, mundane, disguise itself as ordinary life. This can make us believe that it has less worth than what is more exciting or fancy, what looks better on social media, or could have its own show in Las Vegas.

But at the end of our lives, we will not hear, “Well done, good and famous servant.” We hope to hear instead, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

This will not happen after one grand gesture, one epic achievement, one unforgettable performance. It will come after years of little things, most of which we will have overlooked, underestimated, or forgotten. But God will not do the same. For him, visibility has never equaled value.

It’s okay if life feels small sometimes; faithfulness only comes in that size.

Cheering You On,


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About Holley

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Life Coach

I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

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