Song 2:15 “HER BROTHERS Catch us the foxes, The little foxes that spoil the vines, For our vines have tender grapes.” (NKJV).
Little foxes that spoil the vines is a phrase from Song of Solomon that many a preacher, including yours truly, has used to raise awareness of the terrible damage a small, or little thing, can do to the larger endeavor. During WWII the phrase, “Loose lips sink ships” carried the same idea, meaning using the tongue in unguarded ways could give the enemy information to be used against the war effort. Loose tongues have sunk more than one church or Christian endeavor.
So much for small things that destroy.
How about the millions of grand little things that make enormous contributions to the work at large? Writer, Sandra Cisneros stated:
“The older I get, the more I'm conscious of ways very small things can make a change in the world. Tiny little things, but the world is made up of tiny matters, isn't it?”
The “tiny thing” that leaps into my mind is the computer chip! WOW. Such a tiny thing has revolutionized our modern world. Children carry around in their pockets and little purses more computer power than Huston Center used in controlling the Moon launch and landing, and returning to earth. My cell phone boasts 256 Giga bites of power! But what of the “little people?” The “little churches?” The “little unknowns” who hold up the hands of the giants? Note this obituary of a “little person.”
Helen Kogel Denton, 91, who kept that secret even from her husband of nearly four decades, was buried in the Jonesboro City Cemetery on Dec. 7, 2013, Pearl Harbor Day. “She retired from Delta Air Lines where she was a secretary in the Maintenance Department. She was preceded in death by her husband Noel Denton and her son Jon Denton. She is survived by numerous extended family members and many loving friends. She was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3650. She also served for many years as a volunteer for the American Red Cross.” End of story? No!
Helen’s secret? She was the 23 year old Corporal that typed the top secret plans for General Eisenhower for D-Day! She kept that secret until D-Day 1994! Typing is considered a little thing. But this little thing made a difference in World History.
Copyright © 2017 Larry Lilly
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