Little Things

Little drops of water

Little grains of sand

Make the mighty ocean

And the beauteous land

Little deeds of kindness,

Little words of love,

Make our earth an Eden,

Like the heaven above

And the little moments,

Humble though they be,

Make the mighty ages.

Of eternity.

Mrs. J. A. Carney (1845)


Thinking about this poem, I reckon that the big things in life are made up of a million little things. Things that matter in life don’t really occur in sudden big chunks, but are a result of the little pieces put together. The big break for the writer or artist isn’t really a one-day performance, but it is the daily preparations and little appearances that get noticed one day.

A strong friendship is not a result of one big act, but a million little things. Little words of love. Little sacrifices. Little forbearances. Service to God is not a one-time stand, but little daily acts of worship recorded in heaven.

Communion with God is not a single-day affair, not a bulky Spiritual email tossed here and there, but little daily conversations make for a strong friendship: a step-by-step walk with the Lord, study of the Word, watching His daily foot prints and planting your foot steps into them.

“Holiness is the sum of a million little things — the avoidance of little evils and little foibles, the setting aside of little bits of worldliness and little acts of compromise, the putting to death of little inconsistencies and little indiscretions, the attention to little duties and little dealings, the hard work of little self-denials and little self-restraints, the cultivation of little benevolences and little forbearances.” Tony Reinke

Likewise, destroying a life doesn’t happen in a day, it’s a slow fade. The future isn’t really in front: it is formed by the summation of the little decisions we make today.

Do not wait for the big break! But pay attention to the millions of little things that come your way and live them your best.


September 4, 2013 – 10.27am



Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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