THE LITTLE THINGS

“Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?”   -1 Corinthians 5:6

Peter Jenkins (born August 7, 1951) is an American travel author. He is known for walking from New York to Oregon  while writing two books that describe his experiences over the nearly six years that he spent walking. In January of 1973, He left with just a backpack and his dog which died in an accident near the beginning of his journey. During this enduring and extensive journey, Jenkins faced many extreme hardships and devastating obstacles along the way; such as: the below freezing blizzards of the northwest, the Arizona heat of the desert, the Louisiana swamps of mosquitos, the muggings, the beatings, the illnesses, dehydration, hunger, thirst and much more. But when asked what was the one thing that almost stopped his walk more than anything else, he responded, “ the sand in my shoes!” To the reporter’s surprise, he asked why the sand? Jenkins replied, “ I was ready for the other elements. I already knew that would be apart of the journey, but the sand was unexpected and hidden. It just continued to wear down on me day after day.
     Child of God, do not underestimate the power in the small hidden things. What makes leaven so effective, is not only it’s size, but it’s secrecy. The pervasive element permeates the dough and becomes hidden, but has major effects on the dough as it penetrates. The devil has been at his work for a very long time and he knows the best way to hinder the walk of a Christian is not with the obvious big things, but with the small hidden things. It may seem like a little sin that no one sees. It may be a little gossip, a little lie, a little jealousy, a little anger, a little bitterness, a little apathy, a little immorality, a little fear, but it is the little foxes that spoil the vine. A little sin will take you a long way in the wrong direction. Has your walk with God slowed down or even come to a halt? It might be time to check your shoes. Cry out to God like the psalmist who said, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts”. Be sure to watch out for the little things!

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