Little by little, bit by bit
It can be challenging to approach life’s big challenges, particularly when the structures of the world do not seem to operate in our favor. Recently I read this article in the Economist about micro-savings and how the world’s poor can secure their income.
One thing that struck me is the observation that most of the world’s poor who live on $2/day generally earn income in spurts. They work one day, receive $20 and then need to make that last until the next time they find work. Only through the accumulated experience of life do these workers come to grips with the their repeated challenging of finding financial resources.
It is so easy for me to focus exclusively on the big deposits when I work towards something that I really want. I lose focus on the way that small acts of faithful stewardship lead to better living. I can assume an “all-or-nothing” orientation and engage in yet another exercise of missing the point. And I can’t think of anywhere else that seems to be true than one’s spiritual life.
In some regards, we want holiness and we want it now. But God, in His grace and mercy for mankind, reveals His glory to us as far as we can bear it. And so we make little steps towards peace, joy, love, kindness, gentleness and self-control even when it seems like the transaction costs render our deposits useless. God’s not a banker, but we are people who have difficulty seeing the harvest when the corn is 2 inches high. At that height, a 0.2 inch growth is most significant as little by little, the plant will mature.