“The true secret of happiness lies in taking genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” -William Morris

What is insignificant depends entirely on one’s perspective. Ask roommates, or a married couple. A dirty dish that is no big deal to one person may be the tipping point of sanity for the other.

One (of many) things I think the movies get wrong is that only the grand gestures matter. The rom-com nonsense where there has to be a big conflict and a big resolution and a big sweeping happy ending. As a now-married woman I disagree so completely that it startles me sometimes. It may be the big things that get the most rose-colored memories, but if it weren’t for the seemingly insignificant moments in a relationship of any kind, big moments would be impossible to get to. If you didn’t get coffee for fun, there would never be a chance to do something extravagant with information you learned that day. If you don’t prove time and time again in the little moments that you desire to be there for someone, you likely won’t even be given the opportunity when something big comes along and someone to trust is necessary. I usually find myself more touched in the moments of small and seemingly insignificant kindness and love than when it’s shouted from the rooftops.

I’d wager I’m not the only one. In fact, Biblically, I know I’m not. We know the stories. God loves an underdog, and He uses people that wouldn’t seem important for incredible things. Moses wanted to be insignificant after he left Egypt. David defeated a giant as a mere boy. Gideon and an army of 300 were victorious against thousands of Midianites. As is often the case, Jesus offers some beautiful examples. When he pointed out the widow at the temple, giving the Lord everything that she could despite how little that was. There is compassionate power in the shortest verse, two simple words, ‘Jesus wept’. He joined in grief with those He loved over one He loved. It seems like two words can’t mean much, wouldn’t be important, but in the shortest phrase is shown the beautiful humanity of our Lord.

I’ll level with you guys. I have an anxiety disorder, and my entire life my brain has told me I am insignificant. It’s a concept I’ve grappled with for as long as I can remember. Frankly, in the political climate that exists as I write this, it’s a difficult notion to fight. What can just one person do? When you look at the past, when there is significant change, there is often one person that stands out. Someone who probably also thought they were insignificant once.

But it doesn’t have to be so enormous or drastic. You change and affect lives all around you, every single day. It could be a total stranger or your best friend. Offering a listening ear or a kind word can change a person’s day, or even your own attitude. No child of God is insignificant. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Compassion, empathy, and kindness are anything but insignificant. They’re being like Jesus.

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