Ode to the Small

I was humiliated today by a small person.

Don’t worry about me. I’m good. As a matter of fact, I’m feeling better. Even if I don’t deserve it.

You see, I’m this “busy” Senior Pastor of a growing church, and my time is precious.  I try not to waste a minute of it.

Then a friend of mine asked me a favor. Knowing how busy and “important” a person I am, he was very apologetic in approaching me. He told me that a person very important to him was needing some encouragement, and if I could actually text this person an uplifting message.

I said sure. I did and it didn’t even cost me more than five minutes to do so.

Then my “humiliation” began.

That person almost immediately texted me back a very long response, obviously feeling very thankful and surprised by my “thoughtfulness.” It took longer to read the message than it took me to text it.

It was then that I realized how “happy are the ‘small’, for they are easily grateful!”

It was then that I also felt rebuked (my so-called “humiliation”). I have to admit I needed that. For in my prayers lately, it has often been, “Lord I need this; Lord I need that.” Or sometimes, “Lord, why this; Lord why that?” And very few of “Lord, thank you for this; Lord thank you for that!”

It turns out that when we think we are too big to appreciate the small things; we are actually too small to appreciate the big things!

A simple text message, and I got in return a “thank you” I don’t deserve, and a lesson I won’t forget.

Live in gratitude. If “happy are the content”, then “woe to the ungrateful, for they shall never be happy.”


One thought on “Ode to the Small

  1. Wow. Thank you for this Tatay. Proud of you Tay..

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