Goon of the Bible

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Summary of Main Ideas

Naaman was a goon.


There’s a story in the bible in the book of 2 Kings about a man named Naaman. He was an army commander, and eventually became the king’s right hand man. Wherever the king went, Naaman was right there with him.


He was essentially a secret service agent for the king.



But Naaman contracted Leprosy, which was not only a horribly contagious skin disease, but one that would have meant Naaman being ostracized and shunned in the community. Forced to live outside the city gates and be unclean until he died.



So he ends up going to Israel to see the prophet Elijah, who supposedly can heal him. Elijah doesn’t come out, but sends a servant to tell Naaman to wash in the river.



Naaman is livid. He’s the king’s right hand man, and Elijah sent him an intern to tell him to go jump in the river?



But you see, Naaman didn’t understand that sometimes, the little things are what make the big things possible.



How often in our lives to we get fired up to do the impossible? Win state. Crush that business deal. Close that sale.



But when it comes to the little things, we set them aside, or move right past them. We don't need to say “yes ma'am” or act with integrity, because we’re focused on the big thing.



But a big thing is nothing but a bunch of little things put together.



We’ve got to be as diligent in the little things as we are in the big things. The little things give us the reps we need to be successful when the big things come.



Naaman was going to miss the blessing of God because he was too prideful to do the little thing. And so often we miss the best of life when we’re too prideful to do the little things.

Don’t let your pride keep you from going all in and giving your best to what you’re doing.


Quotes

“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” John Wooden

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” Napoleon Hill


Reflection Questions

  1. What are the “little things” that you think, if you’re honest with yourself, that you’re too good for?

  2. What needs to change in order for you to start giving your time and attention to the “little things?”

  3. Who in your life is an example of being faithful with the little things?

  4. Think of a time when you missed out on a big thing because you weren’t faithful to a little thing. How did you feel? What could you have done differently?