Making your bed. Brushing your teeth. Reading your Bible. Praying. Dishes.
All of those things are so simple... and yet-- so difficult. Why? What makes doing the dishes so difficult? What makes those little, daily task so hard? Well, one of the main reasons is that they never get done. The dishes don't stay washed. You unmake your bed every night. These small things never stay done. It is frustrating.
So why bother? Why even do them? Who cares if your bed is made or not? Will it really make a difference in eternity?? Does it really make that much difference whether or not you read your Bible every day? Maybe it's all pointless. Maybe we should just quit. That's it! Let's just quit!
No, wait. Maybe, just maybe, there is a reason for these seemingly insignificant, definitely hard daily tasks.
What, you ask, is the reason? Why should we do these things?
I'm glad you asked. :)
The reason, the purpose, of doing small hard things faithfully, is that it builds character (oh, yes, and skills). That's what it all comes down to.
Small hard things build perseverance, self-control, faithfulness, integrity and patience.
Those little things that we do daily are what life is made up of. Think about it: Those people who are amazing at piano, who are fantastic a basketball... they didn't just wake up one day with those talents. "Look mom! I can make this shot from from half court!!"
Those things take small, boring, repetitious actions to develop them into something great.
What we do everyday is who we really are. All those big dreams and goals we have are made up of little things that we must do. Books are written one letter at a time. Mountains are climbed one step at a time.