Daily Littles


Me:  What are you and Mr. Bill doing?

Prodigal:  We are just wrestling it out, to see who is stronger.

Me:  Well, it looks like you won!  I am happy for you.



This is from the book You Can Change by Tim Chester


The battle for holiness is made up of what Horatius Bonar calls “daily littles.”  It’s not given to many of us to make life-and-death choices for our Savior.  Not many will be called on to recant or be martyred.  For us the battle is made up of thousands of little moments–choices between self and service.  We fall, not when we face death, but when we face a traffic jam.  It’s too easy to imagine ourselves as strong Christians who would stand firm in the face of persecution, while every day we let sinful desires control us.  We imagine ourselves winning the great battles when all the time we’re losing the “daily littles.”  But the “daily littles” are the stuff of the battle.  Bonar says, “The Christian life is a great thing, one of the greatest things on earth.  Made up of daily littles, it is yet in itself not a little thing, but in so far as it is truly lived….is noble throughout–a part of that great whole, in which and by which is to be made known to the principalities and powers in heavenly places the manifold wisdom of God (Ephesians 3:10).


I noticed your battle with “daily littles”. I am proud of you and respect you so much for the wins.


Matthew 6:6

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.  And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.



Jennifer Van Allen





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