Humphry Davy: Little Things

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He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32

“Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindnesses and small obligations, given habitually, are what win and preserve the heart.”

Humphry Davy in Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers, compiled by Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert (New York: Wilbur B. Ketcham, 1895) 368.

In today’s Scripture, a tiny seed produces a huge plant. Likewise, little things can make a big difference when done habitually with smiles and kindness.

I’ve enjoyed a great hunting trip with John Roswech and with Hope St. Teresa and Joy St. Clare (our son’s dog and our dog). Today I head home slowly through a snowstorm.

This has been one of God’s message to me for every corner of my life from this hunting retreat: do little things with great love and kindness.