When we arrived home in a cloud of “skunk stink”, our parents determinedly scrubbed us from head to toe. That night we sat on the very back row in church still smelling of “skunk”. We were there because my parents believed in attending church faithfully.
Their decision to take us to church was just one of many small decisions that they made as I was growing up. My parents also believed in being honest, in tithing, in being hospitable and hard working, in speaking kindly. They believed in turning the other cheek, standing up for what's right and doing what God wants regardless of the cost.
I know these things about them because I saw their small decisions.
Life is filled with small decisions and these decisions matter. They make us who we are. They show others what we believe about God.
Our small decisions also are important because they lay the foundation for making our big decisions. They strengthen us to face the trials in our lives. If we honor God in our small decisions, we'll more likely follow him in the big ones. If we're careless in the small decisions, we'll fail in the big ones.
How we use our tongues matter. What we devote our time to matters. Whether we're trustworthy matters. How we handle our finances matters. What we post on Facebook matters. Whether we're thankful or we complain matters. How we respond to unfair criticism matters. Whether we act from love or from pride matters.
The importance of small decisions is clearly shown in the description of the final judgment found in Matt. 25:31-46. The righteous are rewarded with eternal life while the unrighteous are sent away to eternal punishment. The King gave rewards or punishment based on the small decisions those people made. Small decisions can have eternal consequences.
So, if you ever meet a skunk on Sunday, run. If you aren't fast enough, sit at the very back of the church that evening. Other people may not like the odor. God will think you smell just fine because you made the right small decision.
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