Today I want to talk about another 'stone' that was cast upon the 'waters' of my family in time past. Though it may seem like a small gesture to some, the impact of that little stone is still rippling on today.
If you have not read The Ripple Effect, Pt. 1, I suggest that you read it to give you a little more insight as to what I will be talking about in this post. You can read part one here!
The usher's name? Bro. Avendano.
Bro. Avendano is not a pastor or an evangelist, and he is not in the ministry. He and his family are faithful saints in a good church in Oregon. Some people just want to rush to the pulpit and get in the ministry, but I say, thank God for faithful people who cast those seemingly small stones into the water, starting ripples that travel on for years. My dad did get called into the ministry, and as many know, he is a pastor today. Just last night a woman came to church and prayed through really good. If dad wouldn't have obeyed the call, there wouldn't even be a church here right now. Even further, if a small gesture hadn't been made years ago, my dad might not even be in church. Bro. Avendano has never met this lady, but he has a part in it - because he reached out to my father.
You might not be the one who gets called to preach, but what you do is so vital and important. You might be the one to reach that one lost soul who will get called to preach. Maybe you'll reach somebody who will turn and reach hundreds of souls. What each of us does for God is so important! Not because it's us, but because God can use those gestures and steps of faith as we reach out to ripple on throughout eternity.
I'm thankful for Bro. Avendano. He's another reason I'm here and serving God today!
I'll be writing The Ripple Effect, Pt. III, so check back sometime soon. This will be the last ripple effect post.