31 Days – Little

This post is part of my series 31 Days of Simply Writing.  Every day for the month of October, I will be taking a one word prompt and writing for 5 minutes, similar to what I do for Five Minute Fridays.  Today’s word is Little.


It’s only a little headache.  It’s only a little bit of money.  It’s only a little sip.  It’s only a little inconvenient.  It’s only a little time.  It’s only a little white lie.

It’s amazing to me how such a little word can be used as such a great big excuse.  Why do we let our lives be controlled by this word?  Why do we use it as an excuse?  Why can’t we just tell the truth?

That it’s stealing.  That it’s drinking.  That it’s laziness.

That it’s lying.

That’s where the truth really is.  We don’t want to admit our excuses for what they are, because then we would have to admit to ourselves that we are lying.  To each other, to our selves.

To our creator.

Little.  It’s such a small, tiny word that means so much.

But then there’s the verse about the mustard seed.  Do you remember it?

30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”

Mark 4:30-32 (New International Version)

If you have the smallest faith, the littlest bit, then you can do great things for God.

So maybe little isn’t such a little word after all.

Maybe little is the start of something big.



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