The things most readily to be done – those that lie not at the doorstep but on the very table of a man’s mind – are often the most neglected and overlooked. Can a man become strong in righteousness without learning to perform ordinary acts of kindness for his neighbor? Will a man climb the last flight of the stair when he has never set foot on the lowest step? Could it be that the Lord, who demands high virtue of us, tests us first in little tasks before he entrusts to us bigger ones?
He who demonstrates love in the small things demonstrates love in all things. He who will do it only in great things, who neglects “small acts” and tasks, does not truly understand the nature of God’s love.
– George MacDonald –
from The Best of George MacDonald