All throughout life, we are reminded that adding one to one makes two. But because of its relative small value, adding one to a large number seems to hardly make a dent.
Truth is, the “1s”, small as they are, still complete the equation. In other words, small things do matter.
Take the case of Christmas, which is just around the corner. It happens just once a year when we hold all our good friends dear. That is why we make a big thing out of it. Time, effort and money go to making Christmas a joyful and triumphant occasion. Small value gifts seem to just not cut it. Yet it is in the act of giving and not the gift itself that gives Christmas and any other gift-giving occasion its true meaning.
Luke 21:1-4 reads, “Looking up, he saw rich people putting their offerings into the treasury; and he noticed a poverty-stricken widow putting in two small coins, and he said, ‘I tell you truly, this poor widow has put in more than any of them; for these have all put in money they could spare, but she in her poverty has put in all she had to live on.’”
The wisdom in valuing small amounts can be extended to spending on the one hand and investing on the other. In both cases, the small amounts do add up and even compound.
Again, in Luke 16:10, “The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones.”
Being dependable in small matters creates the foundation for the greater things in life. Waking up at a fixed early time each day, preparing children’s “baon” and bringing them to school, kissing your spouse goodbye as you head out the door for work, and praying before meals are just some of the important small matters that are as invaluable as collecting loose change, setting aside a small but fixed percentage of income every payday and locking it into a long-term investment, paying down debts and being up to date with life insurance premiums.
And just like with Peso cost averaging where a fixed Peso amount is invested periodically, why not make every day of the year Christmas day by performing small acts of random kindness daily. These daily gifts will be valuable compared to the ordinary things in life.
So remember, if there is no cash, on the day that is Christmas, you don’t need a big splash to just earn hugs and kisses. A token each day will go a long way in making you trustworthy, wise, healthy and more wealthy.
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(Originally written by Efren Ll. Cruz, RFP at http://www.savingstips.com.ph)
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