I was standing in the shower with my clothes on. Fully dressed. Just an afternoon of changing out the stem apparatus inside the hot water handle. (The handle had fallen off) No big deal. Of course I had never done it before. (Uhhhhh…)
So–I went outside to shut the water off. Went back into the shower and began to take off the remainder of the faucet. Everything was good until the last turn with the wrench. Boom! Hot water came pouring out like a miniature fire hydrant. "Oh my goodness! The water is not completely off!" I ran outside to finish turning off the water. (Fortunately, no one else was home…)
Anyway, I then began to work on it. Several times I thought I had it fixed. The first time, the handle leaked. The next time the handle didn’t leak but water trickled out of the shower head whether the handle was off or on. Finally, I made another Home Depot run. Turns out I was missing a very small, black washer.
That tiny little piece made all the difference between a shower and a flood.
Isn’t it amazing how we can ignore some of the little things and yet they can make such a difference? I was thinking this morning about some of the "little" things that may, in fact, not be so little.
The importance of smiling at someone. Contrast that to the person who looks at you and then immediately turns in another direction.
The importance of paying our debts. Far too often the church’s witness in a community has been seriously compromised by church members who would not deal with their money responsibly.
The importance of being gracious at work. How sad to hear someone say, "He teaches a good Bible class, but is such a jerk at work with."
The importance of showing gratitude and appreciation. Far too many people serve in all kinds of ways without ever hearing a word of gratitude. Surely, one of the first duties of any Christian leader whether in a work setting or a church setting is to express gratitude.
What do you think? All I can tell you is that sometimes, I have been focused on the "big thing" and ignored the seemingly smaller things. I have to file these under "missed opportunities."
Maybe the small things are a lot more important than they might appear.
And yes, the shower is fixed–for now.