Doing the Small Things: Extra duty Touches Soldiers’ Hearts

By Chaplain John Hatfield, Rhode Island Army National Guard

“For who hath despised the day of small things?” (Zechariah 4:10)

A day of “small things” was a blessing to my soul last quarter. I was asked to provide support for a MP* memorial ceremony on Veterans Day. The ceremony was modest and those in attendance were few. The morning was cold and if you happened to be watching from afar, nothing about this gathering would have gotten your attention. Events like these are often seen as unimportant and “small” – even by those in ministry.

Yet, three things happened on that cold morning that made this day of “small things” a blessing. First, I was able to pray and minister to current soldiers in the unit as well as several retired MP’s. All who seemed very happy to see a Chaplain. Second, I was able to speak of the Lord to many who rarely (if ever) have contact with a Christian or a Chaplain. Third, I was able to thank them for their service and show appreciation to those who serve and have served in this special branch. It was a blessing to listen to their stories and establish new relationships. These opportunities made a day of small things a great blessing to my soul.

Please pray:

• For a great work of the Spirit to revive souls in the Rhode Island National Guard.

• That the Lord will open doors to preach the Gospel and open hearts to receive it.

*Note: MP = Military Police whose motto is “Of the Troops and for the Troops.”

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