One kind word. One favor. One verse. One hospital visit. One phone call. One ride home. One smile. What’s the power of just one?
It was one Bible verse that captivated Martin Luther. It was one pastor who spoke one hopeful word to Dwight L. Moody.
My dear friend Alex Garcia, a church planter in Europe and missionary sent out from our church, talked about the power of a single orange seed to explain how one home church might be the one seed to evangelize a single country or even an entire continent.
“An average orange tree grows 300 fruits per season,” he said in a recent devotional message. “Each orange has an average of 7 seeds. That means that per season one seed will produce 2100 additional seeds. Therefore, from one seed, 2100 new trees will grow, and in season they will produce 630.000 fruits. These in turn will produce another 4,410,000 seeds,WOW!!!!”
Let’s stop thinking what we do or say doesn’t matter. Let’s all stop thinking we don’t have influence on those around us. Don’t think our kind words or deeds don’t matter. One word, one random act of kindness can change a life. Change a family. Change a community.
Andy Andrews in his best-selling book “Butterfly Effect” that everything we say or do has an impact, not only on those around us, but across the globe.
“Every single thing you do matters.
You have been created as one of a kind.
You have been created in order to make difference.”1
So, today, why not do some self-talk with me. Let’s tell ourselves that what we think, say, and do all have significance. And we matter to God. Let’s start loving others as if one thing we might say or do to be kind to another or serve another might have an eternal impact on their lives.
1Butterfly Effect, by Andy Andrews ©Thomas Nelson Publishing, 2010