When Rudy Giuliani took office as the mayor of New York City in the 90’s, the crime rate was at an all time high.
He decided to implement a strategy that would set about repairing every broken window in the city within 24 hours of its breakage, sending a message of response, order and law enforcement to the community.
The plan worked better than anticipated.
The average person’s perception of the local law was enhanced greatly because the results were visible in their everyday lives, and the criminals noticed too.
Not only did the overall crime rate drop by 57%, more violent crimes were reduced by 65% as well.
The city once infamous for its dangerous streets, was now being recognised as the safest, large city in America for several years in a row.
How on earth did this happen by just repairing broken windows?
The answer was simple: by taking care of the small things, the bigger issues got dealt with as well.
It’s very easy to put off doing the small stuff, in favour of dealing with the bigger issues in our lives.
Maybe we’ve put off making that one phone call to apologise, not realising that a whole host of other bigger issues would be solved if we did.
A dripping tap may seem insignificant, but failure to repair could lead to a later flood and far greater time and expense.
My Nan used to say this, ‘take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves.’
Solomon in his wisdom put it like this…‘it’s the little foxes that spoil the vine.’
Today, set about taking care of some of those nagging, little issues that you’ve failed to realise are having a much bigger impact on your world than you thought.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.