Friday, September 10, 2010

Inches Make Champions

It was the great football coach, Vince Lombardi, who said, "Inches make champions".Vince LombardiImage by jimbowen0306 via Flickr

The sentiment of that remark was that those who will excuse themselves for little things, will not have integrity in the big things. Our daughter Marie made the comment the other day of how the truth in even the tiniest of things matter so much. "Inches make champions." Not only on the football field, but in life, in character. One who is determined to be truthful in the little things, the tiny things, will exhibit stalwart character in the big things as well.

A great example of this is a dear friend of ours, Arman. He relayed the story years ago of how he felt it was not right to read his Bible once he had clocked in at work. "That time belongs to my company and if I am not working during that time, it is as if I am stealing from the company." This is integrity and truth in the little things.

“Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.” -- Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist

Even writing this, I am convicted of so many "small things" of which I have not been careful. It seems so easy to be careful, even passionate, about the big things, but to let the little things slide. Glen and I were discussing yesterday how inexcusable it is for us to not be kind and thoughtful to others in their lives, especially to those who live and work so closely with us. These are areas where it is so easy to forget the importance of the "little things". May we all pray that the Lord would open our eyes to our own "little things" that we may be found faithful in these, as well as the big things.

"Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. (Song of Solomon 2:15)"

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