Every time I go swimming in the ocean, someone inevitably warns me: watch out for sharks! I always do, but I’ve never seen one, I’ve never heard the “boom-boom-boom-boom” music that plays in the background when sharks come near! And it’s a good thing, because once you hear the music, it’s probably too late. I’ve been warned to watch out for sharks, but no one has ever said to me, “Watch out for the jelly fish!” The fact is, jelly fish are far more dangerous and each year kill more people than sharks do. I take a walk each day in the park, but no one has ever said to me, “Watch out for the bees.” Yet, bees kill more people each year than sharks and jelly fish combined.

We tend to spend our lives worrying about the sharks because sharks are big and scary. We tend to ignore real threats because, by themselves, they’re not all that intimidating. Don’t let the little things in life fool you. You ignore them at your own peril. Every good marriage… every good employee…every good business…succeeds because they’ve learned to pay attention to the little things.

Jesus told a story about a servant who was given some money to manage, and because he managed it well, he was rewarded by his master. The master said, “You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities” (Matthew 25:21).

Our greatest wins and losses in life result from our ability to master the seemingly minor details of life. Reading a few verses of scripture and spending some time in prayer each day may not seem significant to some, but it’s long-term effect is revolutionary. Making the effort to bite your tongue may not seem that important, but in the long run it could save a relationship.

Don’t give the sharks more attention than they deserve — especially at the cost of ignoring the jelly fish. It’s the little things that hold us back and the little things that move us forward.

Compare: “…the little foxes ruin the vineyards…” (Song of Solomon 2:15)

Harrisburg church of Christ, Harrisburg, IL

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