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We were created to make a difference. And generally, we would love to see big and immediate changes. But often our influence is one that builds over time – being faithful with the nickels and dimes given to us each day. 

Of course, we should make the most of big opportunities whenever they come our way and we sense that God is opening this door for us. In fact, it’s often fear and a lack of faith that holds us back when God is clearly calling us into our Promised Land as it were. 

At the same time, much of our work might not experience huge windfalls of good fortune or dramatic moments of breakthrough. Yet we’re still called to be faithful with whatever little we do have. 

Nickels and dimes are not a particularly sexy investment approach. But consistent small efforts add up over time and can make a huge difference in the end. 

For instance, this might be our daily grind that goes virtually unnoticed until we’ve built a substantial body of work.  

Quality time with our wife and kids, even without a lot of fanfare, also eventually builds an enduring atmosphere of love. 

Likewise, micropractices of soul care have the cumulative effect of restoring our weary souls. 

Whatever it looks like, we don’t have to despise the nickels and dimes of life. 

This is not to settle or become complacent. We should do more whenever we can and it’s wise to do so. But we don’t have to neglect the small contributions we can make today. 

And all too often we choose not to do anything because it’s not as big as we might like. Pride and a lack of faith now become the culprits that hold us back. 

In the end, keep seeking the big wins in life, but don’t neglect the small contributions along the way. Nickels and dimes add up over time.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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