In Zachariah 4:10 we read “Do not despise the day of small things…” and as I pondered that I realised that small things can actually make a big difference.

I recalled hearing a story some time ago of Delta Airlines, one of the major carriers in the USA. During difficult trading conditions in the early 1990’s, when Delta was losing money rapidly, the airline looked at ways in which they could cut costs without impacting on their service. As such larger changes were not possible, so their management team began looking at small changes that could make a big difference.

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One of the changes they made was to remove a single lettuce leaf from the passenger meals. While this might not seem like much, it ended up saving the airline $1.4 million dollars per year. Small things can make a big difference.

Additionally, big things are often small things in disguise. A Tsunami starts as a small wave, an avalanche starts as a snowball, a tree starts as a small seed and a Mexican wave at the football starts with one person encouraging others to join in. 

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Indeed every person’s life started as a small seed and egg.

I think about the Apple company, maker of the iPhone among many other devices. Today it is the world’s largest organisation, with revenue of $234 billion in 2015. Yet Apple started with three guys, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, working from their small suburban garage. Small things can make a big difference! 

The same is true in the Kingdom of God as well. The long promised Messiah came disguised as a small baby. This radio ministry of Rhema FM started as an idea and thought in the spirit of a man in New Zealand. Today’s large churches around the world started as small churches in school halls and community centres. They started small but are now making a large difference in nations around the world.

“So do not despise the small things in your life. The small opportunities could become something huge. The small people in your life have unlimited potential. The small opening could lead to something that changes the world. Your small ministry will have an impact for all of eternity.”

Remember – small things can make a big difference…