Small Things | The Speckled Goat: Small Things


Small Things

Today, smiled at him.

I laughed at her joke.

I asked how his night was, and then I really listened.

Over the past four years, we've lived and worked and been surrounded by Bible Camp. It was wonderful. The encouragement and connections and easy conversation about faith... it was like another world. A delightful Christian bubble.

Which is just one more reason why we came here.

Living in Colorado didn't just mean a change of scenery- from cornfields to mountains- or a change of job, or home.

It meant a change in the people we're around.

Honestly, that's been the biggest change, I think. Instead of being around self-professing, out loud for the Lord Christians every moment of my days, I am working with young men (and one young woman), most of whom don't have a foundation of faith. At all.

And they've lived lives of hardship and hurt, of being put down and worn out and beaten.

Enter me and my wonderful husband into the mix, with a fresh Bible-Camp-y glow about us, walking into a place where we are (quite literally) the only church my new co-workers will experience this week- this month- this year.

The fields are white for harvest... and we are the workers.

But how do we do this?

I'm still not sure, really. The pressure to be perfect, to have the right answers and the right things to say, the feeling that I'm going to mess it up and be a poor representation of my God... all those weigh on me. What if I say something insensitive, or do something wrong? What if this jar of clay is too weak to hold the Truth of His love?

My husband has already had conversations about it- the big faith question. A previous job at a Bible Camp really opens up the floor for that.

A guy, call him Mike, asked if Trevor if he was a "big church-goer." And then Mike said it was cool that he was a Christian... just don't push it down his throat.

And that was the end of it.

But I'm learning there's more to it. I think I knew that there was more to it, but I'm really experiencing it for the first time in my adult life.

The hunger.

Mike talked to me about the Bible today before he went home. He said that he wished there was some sort of overview he could read because it was confusing to him. I made some suggestions of books he could read. We laughed about tricky translations and all those phrases that don't make sense in our common vernacular anymore.

I'm pretty sure it was because I smile at him.

Because he sees me care for customers and care for my fellow employees and care for my husband.

And of course, it's because I've been praying (hard) that his calloused heart, roughened up by bad circumstances and unfortunate relationships, would be softened so he can heal.

But in this place, in this time, I think the smiling is important. The cookies are important. The joking and caring and listening are important.

I still fully believe that I am going to screw this thing up. Especially with the super crazy busy time looming on the horizon, I feel like there's a good chance I'll lose my temper. But this treasure I carry, this one I don't deserve and didn't even know to ask for, is strong and powerful despite the fragile jar it's in.

And the small things? They do make a difference.

DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging habit, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. You may see a full disclosure by clicking on my "About" page. I will only promote products that I use, enjoy, or take a shine to. All opinions and reviews are my own and are not influenced by any compensation I may receive.


  1. Ally, the small things really do make the difference. It's like watching a light rain start on a pond. First there's just a couple of drops rippling across the pond. Then there's a few more drops. Soon, the entire surface of the water is one dancing mass of ripples flowing into and against each other. I'll be praying for you. You are doing great, though.

    1. Thanks, Lauren-- I need the prayers. This has been such a stretching season for us. Good, but stretching.

  2. Yes, the little things we could very easily overlook do make a lot of difference. For me, it's taking the time to talk to a student who needs help with an assignment or emotional trouble. Time is of the essence but it might not take more than a half hour and it speaks volumes to them.

  3. Someone was telling me the other day how important one things was in her coming to know the Lord. I was ready for some formula or big declaration that I could put in my toolbox. Know what it was? Patience.
    She talked about all the patience people had with her. The people that shared pieces of the gospel or just demonstrated God's love and grace. The ones that were patient for her to come to it on her own made the biggest impact.
    I think you'll be surprised by the things that impact people in your new environment.
    Visiting from #TellHisStory

  4. I love this Ally! The little things can make such a difference, and people are more likely to listen or come to us when they know how much we care. It sounds like you are doing a good work :)