“Focus today on things small enough to change but big enough to matter.”

– Kat Cole at Plywood Presents @KatColeATL

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Recently, I heard someone say that “slow is the new fast”, which suggests that fast does not always win. We learn about “slow and steady” in the fable of The Tortoise and the Hare. The same is true in accomplishing ‘big’ things. We often think a big business is better than a small business. A big church is better than a small church.

I love the wisdom of the scriptures and particularly when Jesus speaks to things like speed and size. In Luke 16:10 Jesus promotes the idea of being a good steward and explains how that accelerates a process over time. He says,

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. 11 And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? 12 And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own?

What I find is that “bigger” is built on the excellent small things, creating the best foundation, which can build confidence for the bigger things to come. In this model, trust and progress grow over time. It is a “win-win” for both the giver and receiver of the task and project. It seems that this is a principle that is universal and transferable to just about everything in life.

Others have seen this same value in life: focus on the small in order to build upon it…Enjoy these thoughts by great people who see the value of small things building to great things:

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” Mother Teresa

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” Vincent Van Gogh

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