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COLUMN: It's the little things

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By Jon Rohr

The other day I broke a shoelace, not a big deal, but then again, shoes without shoelaces can be sort of useless! I went hunting through the house for some shoelaces and amazingly enough found a pair in an old box with shoe shine stuff. Only problem was they were WAY too long. But too long is better than too short, so I made do for while.A few days later I found myself in one of those huge mega market stores. I was sure they’d have shoelaces and they did, naturally along the back wall about a half mile from the front door! So, being very careful I searched out the right length (I was getting tired of tripping over those long laces!) and lo and behold, they had exactly what I needed.
As soon as I got home I pulled that ridiculously long shoelace out of my shoe, ripped open the new package and stopped. Then I sat there feeling like an idiot for a minute or two! I just sat there staring at a brown laces and black dress shoes. Then I started laughing at myself, because after all, what else can you do?It reminds me that little things can be important. I had the length of that shoelace down perfectly. I had even looked closely at it to see that it was the right style, not too thin or too thick. But in the fluorescent lights at the store, (Because after all I can’t blame myself!) I didn’t notice the laces were brown! Even though right on the package it says brown, I just didn’t notice.
Little things make a big difference. Maybe that is why Jesus tells us “Until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. (Matthew 5:18 ESV) He is saying that every part of God’s Word is important. We may like some parts better, like when it says, “God is love.” (1 John 4:8) But what about the parts that say, “The wages of sin is death,” (Romans 6:23) or “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God?” (Romans 3:23) Those passages aren’t so comfortable for us.The whole truth is important. And the whole truth is that God does love us. In fact He loves us so much that He sent His only Son Jesus to pay the penalty for our sins. The truth is He asks us to place our faith and trust in Jesus.
A pair of shoelaces is such a little thing. But what God shares with us in His Word, those are big things. Those are life changing things, things that will determine our eternal destiny. Let’s do our best to take all of God’s Word to heart. Let’s listen to it, trust it, and live it, in the little things and in the big!