I’m reading through Zechariah in my Bible study time right now and came to this:
Who dares despise the day of small things … ? (Zechariah 4:10.)
Apparently God takes small things seriously. I should have known that, of course. Jesus told a whole parable about this, and it has one of the most quoted verses of the Bible on our role as servants of God:
Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness! (Matthew 25:23.)
Faithful with a little; given a lot.
Becoming a Judge – it’s the little things
When I speak to groups of high school or college students one of them usually asks how a person becomes a judge. I used to answer by going into the minute details of the application process. Now I don’t bother. Instead, my response goes something like this:
First, be as good a student as you can in high school and apply to a good college.
Then be as good a student as you can in college and apply to a good law school.
Then be as good a student as you can in law school and apply for a good job.
Then be as good an attorney as you can so that when you apply for a judgeship there are people who not only can but will want to vouch for your legal skills and your suitability for judicial office.
That’s how you become a judge.
Straight As were not in my transcripts, an Ivy League college was not on my resume, but I worked as best I could with what I had along the way.
I have come to value the small things. God has used them to get me where I am; I hope to be a good and faithful servant in the job he’s graciously given me.
Perhaps you’ve found yourself despising the small things. What can you do to embrace them instead?
[This post is part of a week-long series on law, legalism, being a judge, and judging rightly.]