Pause for thought June 2019

Small things can matter

I was at the Annual Barnack Village Meeting when people get a chance to hear what has been happening in the village and raise things that they are concerned about. Residents views about Hill and Holes were robustly discussed alongside traffic issues, leisure facilities, and development in the village.

People get quite passionate about what to outsiders might seem to be not very important matters or quite small matters. But small things can be important.

I heard recently that the standard kilogram was in danger. Yes, really. It appears that it’s been getting smaller. The magazine ‘Scientific American’ says that:

The official object that defines the mass of a kilogram is a tiny, 139-year-old cylinder of platinum and iridium that resides in a triple-locked vault near Paris. Because it is so important, scientists almost never take it out; instead they use copies called working standards. But the last time they did inspect the real kilogram, they found it is roughly five parts in 100 million heavier than all the working standards, which have been leaving behind a few atoms of metal every time they are put on scales. 

So, of the 100 million specks of flour in a kilo from the supermarket, you could be getting 5 specks too few. Don’t worry, I believe it was all sorted out in May when the kilogram was redefined using universal constants of nature rather than a physical object near Paris.

Does it matter? Well, to most of us in everyday life maybe not. But ultimately it’s important because a standard by which we can measure things accurately is important. 

The Bible says that the standard by which to measure someone’s life is not by an object or even by how well you have kept a set of rules. The measure is a relationship – with God through the person of Jesus Christ. The Bible also says that Jesus doesn’t change – he is the same yesterday, today and for ever. It’s probably best not to keep him in a triple locked vault either. A tomb with a heavy stone and a guard didn’t keep him contained.

And remember, Jesus said that God has the hairs on your head numbered and that not a single sparrow falls to the ground without him knowing. God is concerned with small things and the things that concern you, as well as the big things.

Every blessing, Dave.

“Pause for Thought” this month comes from Rev Dave Maylor

Rector of Barnack with Ufford, Bainton, Helpston & Wittering


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