there've been a handful of authors who've had a profound impact on my life—how I understand it and how I live it. I thought I'd share their thoughts in the hope that they'll prove as helpful to you as they have to me.
"Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make everyday are of such infinite importance."
"Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long, you are slowly turning yourself into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature... Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state of the other."
"The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or a railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible."
from "Charity", "Morality and Psychoanalysis" in Mere Christianity
choices make habits. no moment is negligible, each adds to the overall habit (trajectory, portrait) of my life. it encouraged me to lay down my life in little ways: folding towels when no one was home; volunteering to wash the dishes; dropping everything to comfort a distressed friend.
creating a habit of servanthood is hard. but I've never regretted it.
obviously, I'm not perfect at it.
but I'm encouraged to think that every step I take makes the next one easier.