Appreciate the Little Things
So that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:7)
I just finished writing about thirty-something Christmas cards to my staff. Sitting down and carving out the time seemed daunting and exhausting. Yet, once I got started I really enjoyed the process, because writing those cards reminded me of just how great the individuals are that I get to work with each day.
Even the Preschool teachers, some of whom I have barely met, are very talented teachers. I know that, because I see their ability and care in the faces of the children they teach. I am truly blessed to go to work each day, and hear the child laughter. Almost every day I get to yell out, “Good morning, kids,” and they wave and say, “hi,” as loud as I greeted them. There is nothing as wonderful as experiencing the joy in the faces of small children. Their excitement is infectious.
I share this because there are amazing, blessed, little moments in each day, if you just take the time to notice. I had to pick up something at Target earlier today. There was this little guy in a stroller just laughing, and I commented to his mom about how fun and sweet her little boy was. I could tell the comment made her feel proud. The child’s laugh made me feel joyous, and reminding a tired mom how special her little guy was, made her feel a little better. It wasn’t a momentous moment, but it helped make my day special.
Today, take some time and focus on the little "joy" moments. Slow down just enough to notice a child in a stroller, or a clerk taking the extra time to be caring, while checking you out at the grocery store. Go the extra mile, and thank them for being nice, and doing their job well. A couple days ago, I thanked a young man for doing such a good job of bagging my groceries. He looked so appreciative. A kind word will bring the other person joy, and fill your heart as well. A fulfilling Christmas season is found not in the big moment, but in the little moments, like writing a card, interacting with a mom, or offering a compliment. Put enough little things together, and you have something huge. Go out of your way today!