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Just Little Things
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The time was just after 3 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 1979. The big DC-10 taxied to the end of the runway at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. On board were 271 passengers and crew. The weather was perfect. All on board were looking forward to this long Memorial Day weekend.

Cleared for takeoff, the pilot pushed the throttles forward. The giant airship gathered speed, and soon left the runway, climbing quickly. Suddenly, the left engine tore loose from the aircraft, and hurtled to the earth. Within seconds, the DC-10 crashed into a field less than a mile from the end of the runway, killing all 271 on board and two persons on the ground.

What had gone wrong? To some, it seemed like a little thing. There was a small crack in the engine support pylon, and a small bolt was missing. The damage had been caused by careless maintenance procedures. Just little things. Things that a thorough maintenance check would have spotted. These were not little things to those who died in the crash. And certainly not to the families involved, whose lives were forever changed.

Small Disobedience

So-called little things are important. If you doubt this, just read the first three chapters of Genesis in the Bible. It was a little thing—an apparently small act of disobedience—on the part of Adam and Eve, the first people who lived on this planet, that opened the floodgates of sin, and brought suffering, sickness, sorrow and death to our world.

Never overlook the importance of little things. The Bible says, “It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it” (James 3:6, The Message).

Have you ever stopped to realize that the sum total of life’s happiness or life’s misery is made up of little things? Little words of appreciation, spoken or left unspoken. Little acts of kindness done, or left undone.

If you will commit to God all the little things of life, you’ll discover that the big things will take care of themselves. God’s promise is, “Trust the Lord and live right! The land will be yours, and you will be safe. Do what the Lord wants, and He will give you your heart’s desire” (Psalm 37:3, 4, CEV).

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