“A little” can add up to a lot!

A famous saying in Proverbs 6:10-11 warns us that what we think of as a “little” thing, multiplied many times over, can actually add up to more than we think. The verses read: “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest — your poverty will come in like a vagabond and your need like an armed man.” Here, the Proverb warns, “a little … a little … a little …” sleep and laziness, compounded, brings in great poverty. But the principle has all kinds of other applications as well:

Any “little” thing, when added up, or multiplied over time, can actually become something very great:

— For example, just “a little” extra eating, when one makes a habit of it over time, can turn into quite a bit of extra weight!

— What might seem to be a “little” neglect of spouse or family, if it is persisted in, can add up to great heartache.

— “A little” skipping of exercise, over time, will add up to being very out of shape, and lead to some big health problems.

— A little neglect of prayer, or disobedience, multiplied day after day, will result in a very poor relationship with God.

— A “little” deviation from God’s plan for your life, added up, can put you way off course. One may find himself asking at some point in his life: “How did I end up here?”  The answer, of course, is: “A little at a time”!

The bottom line is that “a little”, multiplied, will add up to a lot. Thus there are no “unimportant” decisions. Every little thing we do adds up! The good news is that this works in a positive sense as well: make just “a little” decision to spend more time with God, to save “a little” money, do “a little” exercise, or obey in some very “small” thing — and that will add up to quite a bit over time too!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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