How to Be Faithful in the Little Things (+ Why We Should Be)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I tend to go through a vicious cycle with my dreams and goals. One minute, I'm working hard and really proud of myself for my work. But then something happens. Sometimes it's laziness- Netflix starts calling my name, ya know? Sometimes it's life- I get sick, I have to work late, or I decide to have a much-needed date with the hubby. Life happens, and some things are more important than getting every single task marked off my to-do list.

But oftentimes, the reason things don't get done is because I am a professional time-waster. Sure, I get the things done that I am getting paid for, but that still leaves all my blog goals, just sitting there. And why are they sitting there? Because I chose Netflix. Because I chose a nap. Because I chose Harry Potter. Because I chose a bubble bath.

Don't get me wrong- I am a big believer in taking "me time", and I think it's important. But when "me time" is all the time and hard work on my goals is barely-there, priorities need to be shifted.

I think one of the reasons I let myself play too much is because I don't always believe that I will succeed. So I let myself play now because I subconsciously don't believe if I work now I'll get to play later. But then that mindset continues the vicious cycle because then I slack on things that could help me achieve my dreams because I don't believe I'll really ever get there.

Now, that's not the only reason I become unfaithful in the little things. I just naturally like to play way more than I should anyway. I have low energy and when I get tired I often give into the naps and Netflix. But, recognizing that both of those things cause me to be unfaithful in the little things is a game-changer.

As a Christian, I know that I am called to be faithful with the little things before I can be truly trusted with the bigger things. God isn't typically going to hand over something huge to us if we keep showing Him that we aren't even willing to do solid work when it comes to smaller projects. And who could blame Him? Why should He trust us with the huge things we beg Him for if, when He gives us smaller tasks that will lead us to where we desire, we don't utilize them at all?!


How and why we should be faithful in the little things!


Show Up

The first step to being faithful in the little things is to just show up. To your meeting at work, to your video chat with your mentor, to the time you scheduled out to work on your blog posts, to the volunteer job you signed up for at church- whatever it is, show up.

Stay Consistent

I struggle to be consistent with things- especially things that don't seem very important at the time. I don't have to write that newsletter tonight, right? I don't have to finish that post this morning, do I? But then if I am not consistent and I don't dive right in to the tasks at hand, I end up stressed out, unproductive, and less creative. Being consistent helps avoid those things and helps me take steps in the right direction.

Be On Time

Guys, I am ALWAYS late. Always. It is a terrible habit, but it's true. But if we are going to truly be faithful in the little things, we need to try our very best to be on time to our obligations.

Some people are always going to struggle with time more than others. I am one of those people. But nothing says, "I don't really care about this like someone who is always late to the same task consistently. And us late people may not even feel that way, but it's certainly how it comes across when we are always the ones holding up the group, causing people to have to rearrange their schedules, or making ourselves fall behind because we couldn't show up for our own to-do lists on time.

Put in the Effort

Okay, now that we are here, consistently, and on time, we need to put in effort. No slacking off. No checking our phones every 3 minutes. No excuses. No half-doing a job because we are tired.

Honestly, if we aren't willing to put in work now, we aren't going to be willing to put in work when we have more responsibilities and more on our plates. It doesn't get easier when we reach our goals, because we still have to maintain whatever we've built. So thinking we can cruise through the little tasks is a terrible mindset.

The little tasks are preparation for the big tasks!

Work Now, Play Later

My friend Summer of Coffee with Summer recently posted about how to beat blogger envy. In the post she quoted her husband saying "pay now, play later". What he meant was that we have to be willing to work our butts off now, if we want the freedom to play and do more fun things in the future. This was a great reminder for me, and I think it's a reminder that all of us need every now and then.



Honestly friends, we are capable of so much more than we think we are. But when we start believing that we aren't, or we get sucked into the trap of laziness and instant gratification, we are not living fully as the peculiar treasures God created us to be. We were meant to thrive and do great things- but that just isn't going to happen if we aren't willing to work hard and be faithful in the little things. The little tasks in our home, our work, our relationships, and our dreams are what will prepare us and push us towards the grander things we hope for in life. Be willing to be all there in the little things, and there's a much better chance that you will reach the bigger things you are longing for!



How to be faithful in the little things and why it is so important for us to be!

13 comments

  1. Kristin, this post hit home to me; I feel I lack in faith and pray for that every night. It's a deep insecurity I have, and this post really hit home

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  2. I so agree with you! I call this "self tough love." I 100% believe in self-care but sometimes I find myself using that as an excuse instead the rejuvenating time it's intended to be. Consistency on the little things and constantly telling myself that they matter is one way I show myself tough love. Great post!

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  3. Good reminders, Kristin. Being INTENTIONAL with the little things seems easy, but is a daily challenge.

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  4. Lady you are preaching all the good, right things here. I am one of those >> a professional time-waster. Thank you for this post.

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  5. LOVE this so much, Kristin. So much truth. The points about showing up and being consistent are so, so, so huge. Effort is also a huge factor that I wish more people would realize!

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  6. Great advice, I'm definitely going to listen to what you have to say about effort. Consistency is definitely key in my life, especially with blogging.

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  7. Wow, this is really me. It took me awhile to realize that I am not someone afraid of failure, but I seem to have a fear of succeeding. It's odd. So I tend to slow down and think, if God wants me to do xyz, He will make a way. But really, He is likely waiting for me to take the reigns and allow Him to be there beside me.

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  8. You've shared such important truths here - thank you for this!!

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  9. Thank you for the reminder friend. I recently listened to a podcast that spoke particularly to the work at home mother. It discussed the difference between a calling and an assignment. It left more questions than answers. Your post cleared a few things up in my head. Being faithful is about pushing through and showing up, even if we don't necessarily want to.

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  10. It's so hard sticking with something when the growth or progress feels so slow! But I love how God gives us a little bit at a time so that when we move on to the big things we are really prepared to handle them.

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  11. If we aren't faithful with the little things, God won't give us the big things! SUCH a good post, Kristin!

    Coming Up Roses

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  12. I really, really needed this today! Thank you!

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  13. I appreciate this post. I'm determined to be more consistent and put in the work starting right now. Thank you!

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