Big Lessons in Small Matters

When I was comparing myself with others who use their God-given talents to create content and start businesses to reach out with the gospel, I had thought I could be doing more for God instead of ‘wasting’ my time in university. I was scrambling to prevent my GPA from falling off a cliff and felt like I was not learning much in school. I felt frustrated and impatient. But God taught me that I am right where He wants me to be.

GPA (Grade Point Average) is the average result of all the grades achieved throughout a student’s degree.

Many times, I just want to skip to the exhilarating part where I am part of the great things God orchestrates and see Him work through me. However, there is purpose in the everyday rhythms of life. While I could not find fulfilment in the mundane, God reminded me that the daily things of life matter more than the great things I may possibly do in the future. Being faithful in the day-to-day details deepens my relationship with God and builds in me a life like Christ’s.

“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son”.

Romans 8:29a

God’s Word in 1 Corinthians 10:31 and Romans 8:29a spoke to me. God wants to use everything I do, even the smallest and most boring thing, to make me more like Christ. The day-to-day routine may seem dull and insignificant, but it is only so when I fail to see God in it.

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

1 Corinthians 10:31

If everything, even eating and drinking, is meant to glorify God and make us more like Christ, then shouldn’t I look at my life with a great purpose? When I wake up, go to work, buy my kopi from the aunty, or meet my friends, it all becomes exciting because God is in it. Do everything for the Lord and allow Him to slowly (but surely) transform me to become more like Christ.

Hannah Chua, Polytechnic Ministry volunteer, currently a year 2 university student.