Wednesday, 21 December 2016

The Little Things That Matter


We are in the 21st century- often called the ‘jet age’ – the period when everything seems to move fast…well like a jet. We eat fast food, drive fast-moving cars, we send messages to any part of the world within seconds thanks to the internet, even children grow fast because of the prevalent media.

    If we were to come down to our goals and dreams, we want to achieve them fast. We want to lose as many pounds possible within a month. As students, we are already holding down jobs. We want to be famous already so we have thousands of friends on Facebook and Twitter. We want to make money fast… so we do MMM, icharity, Giversforum, Bitcoin,Bet 9ja and other similar networking businesses.

I admit, I too am guilty of this. As a girl still living under her parents, I crave independence sometimes. I want to start making my own money. I want to be what I want to be not in years to come but now.

2016, Nigeria experienced the ‘BOOM’ of networking businesses aka online making quick money schemes that are not illegal. Everywhere you go, every call you get, every social network, the question that comes your way is: ‘Have you heard of MMM/Ultimatecycler/Help2get…etc. They all had amazing different offers but one thing they all had in common: An assurance that you would yield stupendous profits- even up to 90%- of whatever you invested into them.

  So I involved myself in two or three of them and you could guess why. In particularly one, I put in the largest sum I had ever invested in the networking business (don’t worry, it was not even up to a quarter of a N100k but it was still big for me :/). I was told that within one week, I had get four times what I had put in. One week passed and it never came. I was downcast. Two weeks, then three weeks…then still nothing. I ‘mourned’ for my loss. All I wanted to do was to make quick money as long as it did not involve illegal means and it did not work out.

   One day during my ‘mourning’ period, the water supply finished in my house. I had put

on the tap but only drops came out. I left a bucket under it anyway. Some hours later, I came back to it. The bucket was full to the brim and overflowing. No, the water supply was not back neither was the tap flowing normally. Matter of fact, it still trickled out water but because the bucket had remained under it for hours, it had eventually got full.

   I learned a lesson that day: It’s the little things that matter.

All it took to fill up that bucket were the drops of water that never stopped coming. All it takes for a toddler to start walking is one wobbling toddle at a time. All it takes for water to boil is that 1-degree rise in temperature. All it takes to finish one book is one page at a time. All it takes to get to the end of a staircase is one step at a time. All it takes to make a building is one block at a time. All it takes to grow a church is one soul more each service. All it takes to create another generation is a baby to be born. All it takes to make a millennium is one day more. (Can you give more examples? Write them in the comment box below J ).

So you see, it is not the big things that really matter but the small things. Remove the small things that make up the big thing one by one, you had end up with nothing.

If I want to be an artist, I have to consistently practise even if it means making sketches. If I want to lose weight, I have to eat right and exercise each day. If I want to succeed and achieve my goals, I have to work hard towards it every day.

We want to be successful, fulfil our purpose, be millionaires but all that won’t happen overnight or even over months. It may take years to come but that effort we put in everyday is what will take us closer to our dreams.

That small smile we give out may be all it takes to brighten up someone’s mood. That little prayer we make each day is what draws our miracles closer. A short sentence: ‘I love you’ (but said with sincerity! ) can save people from feelings of loneliness, sadness, depression or worse. And better: it makes a person feel valuable and loved.

  So let’s not feel bad if we have not achieved our goals yet. I would never forget what a cartoon character I once watched on TV said, ‘I may not be where I want to be but I am better than I was yesterday’. Neither should we be so hard on ourselves if we made mistakes along the way. After all, the only people who don’t make mistakes at all are only those who never do anything.

Experience is a teacher and each day another opportunity to start again. Remember whatever we want to be or get just requires that extra something.

No doubt the Bible agrees with me on this. See what it says in:

1.       Zechariah 4:10: “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”

2.       Job 4:10: “And though you started with little, you will end with much.”

3.       Isaiah 60:2: “The smallest family will become a thousand people, and the tiniest group will become a mighty nation. At the right time, I, the Lord will make it happen.”

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