Be a Pebble

At training camp, one of our leaders, Evan, took a few of the girls down by a pond. He picked up a pebble and threw it into the water. He then asked us,” What made all the ripples?” We, of course, answered, “The pebble.” Wrong. He explained that the pebble only made the first ripple; that ripple then made a ripple, that made a ripple, and so on. The pebble only made one ripple, but it had a huge impact.
So many of us had such high expectations for what this trip was going to be like and what we wanted to get out of it. During our first month of ministry, most of us lost sight of why we came on this trip. We felt like we weren’t making an impact or weren’t making a difference because we weren’t really seeing any tangible results.
You don’t have to build a house or feed the hungry to know you’re doing something. As long as you’re taking the time to get to know people and showing them someone cares and loves them, you’re doing so much. You can volunteer every time there’s an opportunity and be at church every time the doors are open because that’s what you’re supposed to do, but if you’re not doing it out of love, it means nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 says, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.”
Although you don’t see the results of what you’re doing right away, it doesn’t mean you’re not making a ripple. If God calls you, he will equip you. All you have to do is obey with love. And be the pebble that starts the next ripple.

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