Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Empty Roll of Toilet Paper by Christy Fitzwater

According to Wikipedia, in the 6th Century, the Chinese were the first to use toilet paper.

That was probably the beginning of the conflict about whether to replace the empty roll or leave it for the next guy. 

I used the last of the toilet paper yesterday. I stared at the empty roll and wondered if anyone appreciates when I change it. 

Do small acts of service have significance? 

A few nights ago my husband and I grabbed oranges and sat down on the couch together. He got his peeled quickly and then...
unexpectedly handed it to me in trade for the unpeeled. It was like getting a box of chocolates from an admirer.

God came down to earth and took the form of a servant. In the Bible we read about Jesus’ great acts of service –forgiveness, healing, raising people from the dead. I know there wasn’t enough ink in the world to write it all down, but I wish we could read about the small acts.

Maybe, without being asked, Jesus cleaned up the tools at the end of a day of carpentry. Maybe He helped His mom carry a heavy basket of produce. Maybe He offered to get the firewood while the disciples rested.

Jesus said, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” (Matthew 20:26)

I wonder if that begins with changing the toilet paper roll.

About Christy Fitzwater:
"I am a nerdy book reader with an English degree and secondary teaching certificate. My cozy home is in Kalispell, Montana, where I enjoy serving the living God with my pastor husband and two teenagers." Read Christy's thoughts on her blog Tiddlywinks.


  1. It is the small things that matter!

  2. What a sweet husband you have! It's the small acts of service that shine the most. For years when the garbage men came to the school where he was principal RB would take hot coffee out to them.



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