I watched as our grandson tossed rocks into the water on a beautiful day last week. One small splash soon became a distinct circle in the blue water . . . then another . . . and another until the effects of that small stone extended far across the pond. And I thought of the ripple effect of our lives.
A life of service to God and others has a ripple effect . . . even when our sphere of influence may seem so small. Our prayers and efforts to reach out to others are used by God in an ever-expanding way. One small act of kindness, a simple prayer, an encouraging word, a shared Scripture or praise can touch a life in far-reaching ways, and that life touches another . . . and the circle widens and God works. We may never know the extent of our influence this side of heaven, but Ecclesiastes 11:1 encourages us to "cast our bread upon the waters."
Just think what happens when we join our hearts and hands with other Christians . . . in prayer . . . in giving . . . in loving unconditionally! Just think what God can do with that kind of ripple effect!