Little Things

I would not have the restless will

That hurries to and fro,

Seeking for some great thing to do,

Or secret thing to know;

I would be treated as a child,

And guided where I go. – A.L. Waring

Forgive me, its game week. College football begins, and I can’t help but recall some of those old phrases that were constantly drilled into my thick skull. One of those was “little things win big games.” Too often you see an athlete try to make a big play – the safety who goes for the interception instead of tackling the receiver, the quarterback tries to squeeze a pass into coverage, the running back forgets to secure the ball before he starts running and the game is lost. Sports teaches you that learn to do the little things right and the big things follow.

Life is similar. We all want to know about the big picture — what does God intend for us to do?  Instead, like my coaches, he patiently explains that his way is little by little, day by day — be not over-eager. Practice the basics—the little things – over and over — Prayer, meditation, reading, and helping others. He wants us to take it step by step in the path of life and victories will come as sure as a football team does if it doesn’t commit turnovers, and blocks and tackles better than its opposition.

Seekest thou great things for thyself? Seek them not. – Jeremiah 45:5

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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