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Don’t ignore the Little Foxes

09 Apr Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Don’t ignore the Little Foxes
Don’t ignore the Little Foxes

The Little Things

It was such a small thing. Most people wouldn’t have even noticed but it created a big problem. The ministry I work for has a large cabin. It sleeps 60 people, has a commercial kitchen and even a gym. We call it a cabin but in reality it’s a retreat center.

boltThe cabin is just 20 minutes away from Lebanon but it’s in a remote location. It’s far enough off the grid that we have to generate our own electricity. It’s a great place for our urban kids to retreat from the chaos of the city. When we’re not using it for our ministry we rent it to other groups. Recently one of our rental groups had a problem, no electricity.

Several months ago we upgraded to a new generator and we’ve invested a great deal of money into a system that includes inverters and a huge battery pack. Although we have a state-of-the-art generator system the group had no power.

After examining the system we eventually discovered the problem, it was a 25 cent bolt. It was just one of 48 bolts connecting the batteries. This small, inexpensive part had come loose and shut down the entire operating system.

Little Foxes


Every time I read Song of Solomon 2:15 “Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards” I’m reminded of situations like this. The lesson is, of course, that little, seemingly insignificant things can cause disproportionate damage. We must guard ourselves against little foxes that do great harm to a Christian’s life.

For you and me, our most important battles may not be with the “big” sins. Our big battles may be with the small things, those little foxes. Perhaps you wrestle with a little laziness, a little folly, little faith, or a little (you fill in the blank.)

Soul Care includes dealing with the little foxes that come our way. Is there a little fox you need to deal with before it causes big problems? May God give us wisdom, discernment and courage to deal with the little foxes. Blessings to you as you keep God’s power on!

Jerry Higley
Executive Director at Lebanon Valley Youth For Christ
Jerry Higley is the Executive Director of Lebanon Valley Youth For Christ and an adjunct faculty member at LBC teaching Student Ministry courses at both the undergrad and graduate level. When he's not at work, he loves spending time outdoors hunting and fishing with his grandkids.