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Topic: DROP IN A BUCKET (10/24/19)
TITLE: Small things with Great Love
By Dave Walker
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She had no material wealth, but was rich in love and mercy, which she had learned in a home that invited the poor to their table.
“My child, never eat a single mouthful unless you are sharing it with others,"
Her mother's words stayed with her and moulded her.
At the age of 36, she left everything to live among the poorest of the poor, caring for them, often till they died in her arms. For year after year, unnoticed and often unappreciated, save by those whose lives she touched, and with the most meagre resources, she gave and gave and gave. Given the enormity of the problem, her efforts seemed futile. As she poured her life into the slums of India, her impact on the millions of poor seemed like a drop in the bucket. When others commented on this, she replied, "Don’t look for big things, just do small things with great love… The smaller the thing, the greater must be our love.”
And God saw her heart. He is looking for people with His compassion. When He finds them, what seems small and insignificant, He multiplies.
In time, Mother Teresa became known throughout the world. Today there are over 4,500 Sisters of Charity operating throughout the world, running orphanages and homes for the aged, caring for refugees, lepers and those dying of AIDS, looking after the blind and disabled, the addicted, the victims of natural and man-made disasters, the homeless and the destitute.
From that one drop, God is filling the bucket.
Two thousand years earlier, a crisis had arisen on a plain in the country. A vast crowd had gathered. The shadows were lengthening and the sun's heat was fading. So rapt had been the crowd that they had given no thought to their stomachs, but now they were hungry. Yet there was no food.
In the crowd there was a small boy who was prepared to give everything he had so that at least someone would not go hungry. His offering of a couple of fish and a few loaves of bread was a drop in the bucket, but, like Mother Teresa, he offered what he had. And, had he been asked, perhaps he would have given the same answer to those who questioned his miniscule contribution to the food crisis, "I can't look at the big picture. I can only do a small thing with great love."
And God saw his heart. From his one drop, Jesus filled the bucket to more than overflowing, Five thousand men and their families had their fill.
God specialises in drops in the bucket. He reduced Gideon's army to a mere drop and routed the Midianites with it. (Josh. 7:7), He took an old man and his barren wife to create a vast nation (Gen. 15:5) and He took just twelve men to turn the world upside down.
It's easy to be overwhelmed, reeling in the swirling currents of pain, anger, distortions of the truth and outright deception in a world tottering under the madness of rampant secular humanism. Yet we are children of the God of drops in a bucket and as such, with our eyes on Him we can do small things with great love… and watch what our Creator can do with them.
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