“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, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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