Sunday, November 2, 2014

Every Little Things We Do Shows Who We Are

Little things – the tone of your voice, the body language, and the words you use as you write or speak in everyday life – communicate volumes about you: your thoughts and the intentions of your heart. If you always talk nonsense and rubbishy on Facebook for example, (sometimes, can be excuse) then it shows the low quality of your mind and morality. If you post uplifting and thoughtful notes, inspirational quotes, and even somewhat honest-with-self-control comments, it shows the genuineness of your faith and signs of maturity. Every little things we do shows who we are.

Let me give another example. Do little things, like a slight change in our facial expression, really matter? Humans don’t suddenly hide their face like turtle or change colours like chameleons. Our true reactions are seen in more obvious expressions, tone of voice and body language. I read this amazing finding: We can recognise someone’s facial expression in less than 1/6 of a second. What’s more, we can process expressions from as far as 90 meters away. Amazing!

How can we do this? We pay attention. We are attuned to facial expressions as indicator of what someone is thinking. Because we (at least I do) think facial expressions are important, we pay attention to them. Because we pay attention to facial expressions, we react to them. Because we react, facial expressions become important to our communication. When my girlfriend asked me if I like to join her for Zumba session once in a while, my reply was “Maybe next time” I know that was she paying attention not only to what I say but also to other messages I was communicating. She know that I was saying “No” in a very polite way.

These little things that you do – what kind of books are you reading, what kind of friends you always hang out with, what kind of language are you using to communicate with others, how do you witness (or not witness) Christ to the world, how you say ‘I love you’ to your love ones, how you treat patients in the hospital or strangers when they enter the church – communicate volume about you. Truly, little things have big meanings. Little things in life do shows who we really are.

Take note of the little things you do. Does it really matter? Oh yeah, the Scripture says, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31) and “Whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3:17). For God, every little things His children is doing or saying or thinking does matter!

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