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It's the Little Things

Serve wholeheartedly as if you were serving the Lord, not men.  Ephesians 6:7 NIV

Photo courtesy of morguefile and gracey.Empty again!  You enter the bathroom stall and find the toilet paper roll is empty. 

That has happened to me at work on a number of occasions. What is frustrating at work, though, is that the extra rolls of toilet paper are stacked on the back of the toilet. You can see where someone has picked up one of the rolls, broken the seal to tear off a piece, and then put the roll back instead of placing it on the toilet paper holder. Really? It takes all of thirty seconds to change the roll. 

I will admit I used to get very upset until one day I said to myself, This is silly. There is no reason to get mad. Just change the roll and be done with it. Someone has to do it.

It was at that moment I started thinking. Can I make this my mission—my gift to the girls in the office? Can I make their experience more pleasant by having a new roll already in place?

What a great idea. It is such a little thing, but the results go a long way. So now, whenever I see the toilet paper roll needs changing, I change it. I have decided that instead of getting upset, I will bless someone else. Instead of letting my emotions get the best of me, I will curtail the emotions of the next person by doing something nice for them.

The apostle Paul spoke of serving others as a slave should serve their master. He instructed in Colossians 3 (NIV), “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Can you add a touch of joy to someone’s day? It doesn’t have to be major. It might just be a little thing—a little thing that makes a difference when it is least expected. 

Ask God to reveal to you how you can be a blessing today. Then do it with a servant’s heart.

(Photo courtesy of morguefile and gracey.)

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Sheryl M. Baker

Sheryl M. Baker enjoys bringing hope and encouragement through God's Word. Her devotions have appeared in Light from the Word, The Secret Place, Power for Today, and christiandevotions.us. She is a contributing author to Yvonne Lehman’s books, Spoken Moments, More Christmas Moments, and Loving Moments. Sheryl lives in northwest Indiana with her husband Ben and spoiled cat Rex. Connect with Sheryl at sherylmbaker.wordpress.com or spunbythepotter.com.