“We have different forms assigned to us in the school of life, different gifts imparted. All is not attractive that is good. Iron is useful, though it does not sparkle like the diamond. Gold has not the fragrance of a flower. So different persons have various modes of excellence, and we must have an eye to all.”
― William Wilberforce
The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.
Of all the beautiful definitions of this word, the most relevant for today’s thought is this: To be steadfast in affection or allegiance.
Faithfulness goes hand-in-hand with virtues like hard-work, honesty, loyalty, steadfastness etc.
The Rabbi highlighting its importance in relation to stewardship and succession planning, said to his apprentices;
If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities
Friends in this life, “little” things mean a lot. They are the training academies for a life of exploit. World Changers like; Joseph, Moses, David, William Wilberforce, Mother Theresa, were all faithful in their time of obscurity. Little wonder why they have remained in the leaves of the chronicles of life!
So let’s crystallise this thought with the words of the great theologian and missionary, Hudson Taylor;
A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in the little things is a great thing.