There is the idea that small acts of obedience, honesty, and so on are ‘too small to matter: surely God wants us to worry about bigger things, right? After all, one only has so much attention for everything. Sounds good, but not Biblical. In the parable of the 10 talents, the reader is asked how he may be trusted with heavenly eternal riches if he squanders temporary earthly ones.
J. K. Rowling aptly described a similar sentiment: the choice between ‘what is right and what is easy’, which is a more accurate assessment of the sinful—not human—condition than the expected question, ‘what is right and what is wrong’. Important things rarely seem to pose themselves as momentous decisions.
So, an unexamined life in things big and small is one that is not lived faithfully. This forms this blog’s founding premise. Good begets good. The small battles are stepping stones towards either God’s image or corruption (see C.S. Lewis’ Charity, Christian Behavior).
Edit: at around the same time, the very esteemed blog Art of Manliness posted a complementary blog post starting a series about why little things matter for our integrity. It’s more comprehensive, takes a different angle and it’s worth a look.
Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.