God remembers “God will not forget your work and the love you have shown” Hebrews 6:10 James Sizoo said, Glamour isn’t greatness, applause isn’t fame, prominence isn’t eminence. The man of the hour isn’t apt to be the man of the ages. A stone may sparkle but that doesn’t make it a diamond. People may have money but that doesn’t make them a success. It’s the seemingly unimportant people who determine the outcome of life. The greatest forces in all the universe are never spectacular. Summer showers do more good than hurricanes but they don’t get a lot of publicity. The world would soon die but for the fidelity, loyalty, creativity and commitment of those whose names are not mentioned or honoured and are unsung heroes.
As they say, you may not think you count for much in God’s Kingdom, or even this world, because you do not have certain qualities that others do like preaching, teaching or leading a public life. How wrong can you be! Listen: “God will not forget your work and the love you have shown as you help His people” The bible says, “People look at the outside… the Lord looks on the inside” (1Samuel 16:7) God sees what is on the inside and sees behind the scenes, the caring of the sick or aged loved ones, raising a family, encouraging others and contributing where you can. Will Rogers once said, “We can’t all be heroes, somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.” So what we have to do is remember - we know the truth.
When you think you’re too small to do big things or feel that you are an unsung hero, try doing smaller things but in a bigger way. Give it more heart and believe in greater things. As Marcus Borge once said, “The mind is the most powerful thing in all the universe.” So we have to put our minds to it. Do not get discouraged and give up, ”for you will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time”. (Galatians 6:9) As they say, ‘little things are often more important than larger things’. Besides, as the Lord says, “Whoever can be trusted with a little can be trusted with a lot” (Luke 15:10) The thing is, are you handling the little things as much as you are handling the big things in life?
Rev Tommy Bryson Nairn
St Ninian's Church of Scotland