It’s the Little Things – Post from 2014

EMPTY AGAIN! Have you ever entered a bathroom stall, sat down to do your business, and found an empty toilet paper roll? What was your reaction? Did you get frustrated? Upset? Downright mad?

That used to happened to me at work. On a number of occasions, I entered a stall only to  find the toilet paper roll was empty. The frustration, though, was that the extra rolls of toilet paper were stacked on the back of the toilet. Often I could see where someone had picked up one of the rolls, broke the seal to tear off a piece, and then put the roll back on top of the stack instead of placing it on the toilet paper holder.

I mean… Really?

How hard is it to compress the plastic tube, remove it from the metal bracket, slip the cardboard tube off, slide a new roll on, and fasten the whole thing back in place? It takes all of thirty seconds! Yet time and time again, I found a cardboard tube where a roll of toilet paper should be.

I will admit I used to get really, really upset. Then one day, I said to myself, “This is silly.  There is no reason to get upset. Just change the roll and be done with it. Someone has to do it.” It was at that point I started thinking…

Can I make this my mission? My gift to the girls in the office? Can I make their experience more pleasant by having a new roll already in place?

It was such a little thing, but the results would go a long way.

So now, whenever I discover an empty toilet paper roll, I change it. Or when I see the roll is getting really low, I take it off, and put a new one on. I lay the remaining roll on top so that it is ready to go for the next person. I decided instead of getting upset, I will bless someone else.  Instead of letting my emotions get the best of me, I will curtail the emotions of the next person by doing something nice for them.

The Apostle Paul spoke of serving others as a slave should serve their master. He instructed in Colossians 3:23 & 24b, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…It is the Lord Christ you are serving (NIV).

So what about you?

Is there something small you can do for others? Are there people in your sphere of influence you can serve? What can you do to make someone’s day better?  How can you be a blessing to those around you? It may not be anything major. It may just be a little thing.

It’s the little things that often bring joy to others whether they realize it or not.

My prayer today is for God to reveal to you how you can bless others. After all, when you are serving others, you are serving God.

“Serve wholeheartedly as if you were serving the Lord, not men,” (Ephesians 6:7, NIV)

PRAYER:  Dear Lord, Help us make life better for someone else, even if it is just something small that we do. Change our way of thinking. Encourage us to think of others first and not wallow in our own frustrating circumstances. Help us find a way to think past ourselves and serve You by serving others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

SHARE A COMMENT:  What minor thing irks you? How could you turn that frustration around to help someone else? We’d love to hear from you. Leave your reply in the box below.

This post is a favorite of my friend Ellen Gilman. Here you go, Ellen Enjoy!

6 thoughts on “It’s the Little Things – Post from 2014

  1. This made me giggle!
    Everyone must feel the same way about that empty roll. I guess the silver lining is the new roll isn’t in another room:)

  2. Still my favorite….except now when it happens I first think of you with a giggle or two, and then I try to think of something nice to do for someone….does writing a comment count…haha

    1. You’re funny. Yes, writing a comment counts as doing something nice. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to respond.

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