We often think a successful life of faith requires credentials or an extensive skill set. We compare ourselves with the accomplishments of others and feel inadequate.

Brother Lawrence became famous for discovering the depths of faith while performing ordinary tasks in the kitchen. His life of devotion was focused on the “little” things. The everyday, mundane tasks we so often take for granted or approach with annoyance.

God provides all we need to live a life of meaning, joy, service, and fulfillment even in the routines of life. Success does not come through comparison, but through faithfulness in small things. When viewed over a span of time, the accumulation of small tasks performed faithfully looms large.

Every day we face the decision to perceive God in our lives and in the world. Each sweep of the broom. Each line at the coffee shop or morning walk to the mailbox. Each step and each breath. They are all ripe with opportunity.

The key is not the perceived importance of the task, but our motive. Even a tiny thing like providing a cup of water for a “little one” is huge in God’s eyes when it is done in the service of discipleship.

The plains are an arena, a terrain of life, in which this perspective can display who we are and who God is. We do not need a massive event or season. Daily activities performed in faithful service are great events in God’s Kingdom.

“And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”
– Matthew 10:42