But faith can also be seen in everyday, little things. Pick up the Scriptures. Pick up the discarded wrapper and put it in a trash can. Help someone find their way in the city. Any little thing you can do to make the world a little brighter, better place. It may not stop global warming, but never mind. Some say you have to dream big. But I think we should be humble enough to dream small, too. By starting with little things we can grow and be able to do bigger things. I’m an optimist in that regard.
This is exactly how I feel, as well. I have been thinking that these things are why we are here, as much as anything. Purpose and faith can be found in doing the dishes, if you do it with the right spirit.
I think the attitude of the Church about the faith/works dichotomy has evolved over time. The evangelicals emphasis on grace alone has made us historically defensive about this subject, placing all our emphasis on works. But lately you can hear Church leaders talking more about the obvious fact that our salvation comes by the grace of God, in that nothing we can do would make any difference if not for the gift of the atonement.]]>