Read Luke 16:10-12 As a big Ohio State football fan, I’ve become incredibly interested in the coaching style of the Buckeyes’ coach, Urban Meyer. One thing he harps on during just about every interview I hear him give is every player doing their job with maximum effort. It doesn’t matter if it’s in a game or in practice, he’s brutally honest with his evaluation of player both good and bad. He realizes the big goal of the success of the team starts out with the little goals of each and every player on the team in every situation no matter how big or small. It’s when everyone is doing all the little things right that the team has the best chance for success. In one of Jesus’ parables, he talks about a man who honored a dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. Jesus flips the script and tells his followers to be smart with how they deal with money, not for selfish reasons like the dishonest manager, but for good. Jesus then gets to the point. He tells his followers that those who can be trusted with a little can also be trusted with much and, likewise, those who can’t be trusted with little can’t be trusted with much. Jesus says that, if he can trust you with worldly treasures, He can trust you with heavenly ones as well. Jesus’ point is that the way we deal with small things in our life is a barometer to how we will deal with the large things in our life. This is why God wants us to celebrate and make a big deal about small, seemingly insignificant things. We don’t have to wait for a specific day or substantial reason to celebrate what God has done. We can celebrate the small victories God allows us to experience each and every day. If we want to walk by faith, we sometimes have to simply pick a point to focus on and say, “I’m going to celebrate where I’m at and then keep going.” Because, in God’s eyes, how faithful we are in the little things is a window to how faithful we will be with the big things. REFLECT: What are some things in your life you can celebrate TODAY? What’s better than yesterday? What opportunities has God given you today? What blessings has God given you today? PRAY: Make your prayer time a party today. Get excited talking to God about the awesome things He has given you in your life. Thank and praise Him for all He has done in your life today no matter how small. // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:
- What was the best part of your day?
- What was the toughest part of your day?
- Where did you mess up today?
- Where did you see God today?