I have pondered writing this post for quite some time but never actually got around to it until now. A story my uncle told me late last year really got me thinking along this subject, and also a recent conversation I had with an old friend of my dad's when I saw him at a wedding last month. Let me explain!
Karen is my aunt - my mom's older sister. Mike and Karen got married in California, so my mom and her siblings and mother all came out for the wedding! After the wedding, somebody invited them to a singspiration, so they decided to go. A woman stood up towards the end of the service and said "These folks came all the way out here from Illinois, and I think it would be a shame for them to go home without receiving the Holy Ghost!" People in the church began to gather around my mom and her family and pray! Long story short - before they knew it, my mom, her mom, and all of her siblings ended up getting in church! God saved that family! My mom as a new convert went to Bible College in Minnesota, where she met my dad. My dad was called to the ministry, and obviously, they ended up getting married! After years of ministry and assisting, my parents moved our family with the blessing of our pastor to Oakley to start a church in 2003. There is now a One God, Apostolic, Jesus Name church in Oakley, Ca. So, ripple effect?
So what am I saying? Don't under estimate the 'little things' we do in the kingdom of God. You don't have to feel small because you haven't won a hundred souls. You don't have to feel un important if you can't play an instrument or sing at church! What about just showing someone the truth in the Bible? What about inviting them to a service? You have no idea how far the impact of that one little 'stone' you throw in the kingdom of God will travel on. It may ripple on to reach family after family. The things that may seem small can turn out to be so big. It's the ripple effect. Do something for God today!
Part 2 coming soon about my dad's side! Stay tuned!