“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.
When I think of being faithful in the little things, I am reminded of “The Little Way” of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. I am reminded of the image of seeking holiness of life in the ordinary and the everyday.
Recently I have been trying to be faithful in the little things by acknowledging that He is guiding me, directing me and teaching me through the little moments of my everyday. As music plays in the background of my day and a specific song catches my attention, I acknowledge that He chose this song for me in this specific moment and I thank Him and quietly listen for His message. When my soul is pricked by a moment that has passed or something that has been said, I immediately turn inward to thank Him and attempt to understand the lesson buried within. These faithful little moments have been such a blessing to me as I find myself thinking of Him, turning towards Him, leaning on Him, loving Him more and more throughout my everyday life.
I pray to continue growing in faithfulness in very little things so that someday He will grant me the grace to be faithful in much!
Last week I watched some documentaries about the universe and I must admit I love them! I saw one that reminded me of the fact that our universe is still expanding and is now expanding at a faster rate than it did just after it’s birth. I find this so interesting, amazing, strange and difficult to understand.
As I was watching a few days ago, I was thinking a lot about bubbles! Maybe our universe is a like a bubble, a little piece of something that is where it doesn’t belong.
Imagine a bubble rushing towards the water’s surface. As it rises, it expands, and as it expands it rises faster, causing it to expand even more and then rise even faster. I am not a fluid dynamics expert, but I think this is correct at a very high level.
Now imagine that our universe is this bubble rushing through a substance where it doesn’t belong, and maybe as it is approaching a surface the surrounding pressure is decreasing which would explain why our universe is expanding faster than before. If so… what do you think will happen when our bubble finally reaches the unknown surface? Will it BURST?
If so, then I hope when our bubble bursts we will finally find ourselves where we do belong, in the singularity (the point where a function takes an infinite value) of GOD!
This morning I saw a man stop and offer help to an older woman who was pushing her own wheel chair across a parking lot. It was a lovely scene, quiet and small and probably not noticed by many. I love seeing these small and beautiful moments of kindness and goodness in the world. They remind me that God’s tapestry is full of small and beautiful pictures that we can see even now. I like to think of these small moments of goodness as the little flowers decorating the trim of His tapestry.
I think His tapestry is also full of large scenes of which we only have the ability to see small portions. When we focus on the small parts of the large scenes, we might see what we perceive to be evil. We might notice the drops of blood, a weapon, a betrayal, a death and if we don’t have faith to trust that these things are necessary parts leading up to the overall goodness of God’s scene, His plan, His beautiful tapestry, then we lose hope in the goodness of God and His ability to use any and every action of ours to finalize His beautiful and good plan.
I know it is very cliche to say, but I must repeat what so many others have said before me.
Jesus please help us to focus on the small things, help us to seek out the little nuggets of golden goodness You have sprinkled throughout everyday, and when something bad happens help us to remember that our faith is being tested, and that we must believe in You and have faith in You and Your ability to turn anything all around and upside down.
I watched a movie about Saint Thérèse of Lisieux last night, Thérèse. I loved it and loved learning about “The Little Way”.
Below is a definition I found online for “The Little Way” of Saint Thérèse.
It is an image that tries to capture her understanding of being a disciple of Jesus Christ, of seeking holiness of life in the ordinary and the everyday.
I have been thinking about this a lot today and I think when you empathize with someone it can naturally guide you towards “The Little Way”. In the movie Saint Thérèse was very considerate and aware of her family and then later of her fellow sisters. She attempted to help others in ordinary and everyday moments without ever expecting anything (a thank you or even acknowledgement) in return.
I think when you empathize with someone, really attempt to see things from their perspective, it can help you to move beyond the expectation for a thank you or acknowledgement of what you then do for that person since you now can more fully appreciate the difficulties that brought about their current needs in this moment. I think once you are released from this expectation you can then truly find joy in meeting their needs (serving them) in that moment without the weight of what you will receive (your expectations) on your mind.
I know I still have a lot to learn about “The Little Way” of Saint Thérèse, but these are are my initial thoughts. I hope to learn more when I get a chance to read the autobiography of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux: The Story of a Soul.
Wouldn’t it be AWESOME if we could all truly let go of “me” and focus on “you”? I think what we would find would be Our Best Life because even if I really let go of me, Jesus won’t let go of me… He wants us All!