Thursday, February 25, 2010

So Close & Yet So Far

I was watching a little bit of the Olympics last night and saw an American woman compete in downhill skiing (sorry, I can’t remember who it was). She ran, to me, what looked like a good race. In the end she finished 1.3 seconds behind the leader which, again to me, seems really good. But it was only good enough for 18th place!

That really struck me for some reason. Watch the second hand on your watch…1.3 seconds is not a lot of time. Yet, in this particular race, 16 other competitors were bunched within 1.3 seconds of one another. This isn’t a 40 yard dash either in which the times are in the 5 second range, the total time for the race was more than a minute and a half.

I’m sure this American skier ran through her race in her head. If I’d only come closer on that second gate, if I’d only stayed tucked a little tighter in the straightaway… Little things. They obviously make a difference, a big difference in a race like this.

They make a difference in our lives too. That little extra effort on the project you are working on. Going the extra mile to help your neighbor who is sick. All these things can make a huge difference in our lives and the lives of others.

Little things can make a big difference in a negative way too. That little glance at the attractive waitress. Taking that pen from work to use at home. These can become a slippery slope toward destruction.

So let's make it a point to pay attention to those little things so we can make a big difference in the big things!

Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough?
1 Corinthians 5:6

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