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Treat small tasks with same respect as large responsibilities

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By Annettee Budzban

"You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things "

-- Matthew 25:21 (NIV)

I felt the sting hit my heel as I set my foot on the floor. My immediate reaction was to take my slipper off and turn it upside down and shake it to see if anything was hidden inside.

Sure enough, as it dropped to the floor, I spotted the tiny pebble I had picked up somewhere. Whenever I took a step, that little stone pressed into the bottom of my foot and caused the sensation of a shooting pain. What a huge relief I experienced once I removed the pebble from my slipper.

Isn't it amazing what a significant difference it can make just by removing a small stone or piece of sand from your shoe? It seems like such an insignificant thing and yet, it makes a big difference.

Makes one wonder about the other little things that creep into our lives that we consider totally insignificant. By removing them, we could take a giant leap toward improving our life.

When Patsy Claremont gives her testimony, she often speaks of how her heart's desire was to do great things for God. She was quite surprised when the Lord impressed upon her to start by making her bed each day. She didn't realize at the time He was showing her how to become faithful in taking care of small things.

Today she is traveling around in a worldwide ministry known as "Women of Faith." Her obedience to take care of the insignificant things proved she could be trusted with something greater.

Jesus tells us that being faithfully responsible with little tasks, can snowball into bigger opportunities.

Sometimes we just need a change of perspective toward some of the things we consider insignificant, but really aren't in the bigger scheme of things.

What are some of those little challenges we face? I listed a few that came to my mind: offering an apology when we're wrong; doing a favor for a friend without expecting anything in return; showing up for appointments on time; making sure everyone we love knows it; or keeping our work space orderly.

The next time you have a pebble in your shoe, stop and ask God what little things you might change.

• Annettee Budzban is a Christian author, speaker, life coach and nurse. She can be contacted at