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Significant Thoughts About Small Things

Frosty the Snowman presents us with one of the most enigmatic children’s Christmas time cartoon characters ever. Do you recall the lyrics? They start like this:

“Frosty the Snowman, was a jolly happy soul,
With a corn cob pipe and a button nose,
and two eyes made of coal”

First, unlike the apparently more wholesome Little Drummer Boy and Kris Kringle, for some reason he has a “corn cob pipe.” Also, under typical circumstances a snowman who comes to life when you put a hat on him would scare the daylights out of any kid. Yet, children apparently love him. This basic 1950s song (written by written by Walter “Jack” Rollins and Steve Nelson) about a talking and dancing snowman who wants to have fun before the sun melts him into oblivion went on to make profits—up to the present day!

Frosty the Snowman illustrates how a simple idea can go on to produce sustained and surprising profits. In fact, five movies, a book, various music records, inflatable lawn ornaments, and other media came from that simple, and yes, catchy song. So, perhaps we should take a clue from Frosty. Sometimes a simple concept can turn into a seedbed for multiple ideas and maximum impact. Something small and basic can catch fire and influence people year after year.

When we think about the Scriptures and something small becoming very significant we usually think about the kid on the mountainside who gave Jesus his food to feed the crowd. In the account, Peter’s brother Andrew asked, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” (John 6:9). The Lord fed 5,000 with them—with enough food left over to fill twelve baskets! We remember this miraculous event until this day—every Gospel covers it (Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-14) and it makes up one of the seven signs or miracles highlighted by the apostle John to prove Jesus as the Messiah—the Savior! Within the larger narrative, God’s power turned a little into a lot.

So, we shouldn’t write something off right away on account of its smallness or initial simplicity. As far as Frosty goes you will probably see him somewhere this holiday season for sure! As for us, God can take all that we genuinely give Him and turn it into something way beyond our expectations not just during the holiday season, but every single day and for the rest of our lives.