Today, my sweet husband of 24 years woke up with a sore throat and cough. I knew something was up when I got up to a very dark house and no movement. He is usually up very early singing with the birds (yes, morning person!) I found him in the guest bedroom under a pile of pillows and one very large dog. I hate to see him sick, but selfishly I thought, I don’t want to catch this! After I got over myself, I got dressed, threw a ball cap on and drove to the corner drugstore to pick up some Airborne and M&M’s to help him feel better.
When I returned, I removed the top from the Airborne and put the M&M’s in a little glass cup and carried it in to him. By now, he had decided to work from home and he looked so cute sitting at his desk in his plaid shirt and L. L. Bean slippers. I joyfully placed his “meds” on the desk and commented that no one at work would do this for him, of which a GIANT smile came across his face and I mean GIANT SMILE!
You see, its in the little things we do that mean the most. In this world of doing everything large, where we feel we have to one up, go over the top, and strive to impress, none of that compares to Jesus’ words where he said “It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.” Matthew 10:42 The Message
I learned a sweet lesson in all of this! Just be sweet, just be kind, keep it simple and just eat M&M’s… they make everything better.
Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study “Something Beautiful” and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at Church of the Highlands, decorating her friends homes, enjoying time with her family and chocolate lab Nelson or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.