by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer
Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean
And the pleasant land.
Thus the little minutes,
Humble though they be,
Make the mighty ages
The children and I have started learning this poem together and the “humble minute” has been on my mind. We have each been given the same number of minutes in a day, 1440 to be exact, but how we choose to use them varies so widely.
In our busy lives as homemakers, there are many little pauses. We can choose to fritter them away or diligently grasp the minutes. Last week I was bemoaning to myself that I just didn’t have the time to clean the bathrooms or vacuum (and the house was definitely showing it).
But as I thought about it more, it wasn’t that I didn’t have time, just that I wasn’t using my time wisely. The next morning while the children were finishing their morning routines, I had a few spare minutes. The immediate temptation was to check email, but the “little minute” begged for me to choose the bathroom sink instead.
There are so many “spare” minutes like that throughout each day, and so many ways to wisely make the most of them. In a “humble” minute or two, you can
- wipe down the bathroom sink
- deal with the mail, instead of letting it clutter the counter
- throw in a load of laundry
- elicit a laugh from a little one
- clean the toilet
- look into your child’s eyes and tell them you love them
- dust a bookshelf
- put your dirty socks into the hamper
- take your vitamins (why does it always seem so hard?)
- pause to marvel at the glory of God’s creation
The minutes may tick past endlessly, but even the humble minute is worth redeeming.