The Ripple Effect!

25 02 2016

RIPPLES

I was just beginning my first Summer in North America. I had been attending Bible College in Seattle, Washington and the plans called for me to spend the Summer traveling in Canada and Northwest United States as an intern with two Lutheran pastors who had an itinerant ministry.
The first event was to take a bus from Seattle into Canada and meet them at this Camp and be a camp speaker for the youth. I took the bus and was dropped off at the bus station of my destination. But I did not realize that my camp was a good thirty miles away, and the nearest town was about three miles away. Here I was with my luggage and clueless how to get to camp.
One of the men who was working at the garage, which doubled as a bus station, offered to take me into town, as he was getting off work in a little while. As he drove me into town, he said since I was going to be at a Christian camp, maybe someone at the church would know more details. He took me for breakfast (a complete stranger) and dropped me off at the church for the service.
I was in the service, and as soon as the service was done, many people spoke to me and then one family came and invited me to their home for lunch and promised to take me to the camp where I would meet my friends. I was completely blown away by the hospitality of these strangers … but “family of God”!

What then was the ripple effect of this incident? I have never forgotten their kindness to me and have tried to be open to see a stranger, a foreigner, a lonely person and reach out to them. Didn’t Jesus say,  (Matthew 25: 34 – 36)

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

There are many stories of the kindness of people that I could share at this moment. But the idea of the Ripple Effect, was to be an encouragement to myself to recognize, that what I had done was not wasted, but God was going to use it for His good. And so began my spiraling ripples.

From the time I left Bible College in India, and the young people that were in the different youth groups, and where they are now. The families that they have started and the children they impact.

My fellow classmates in India and Seattle. The different people in whose homes I stayed as I traveled in Western Canada and the Midwestern states in the USA. The young people in our youth groups in ministry in Minnesota! You get the idea!

Each of them is a person created in the image of God and He brought each person into our lives, so that they can impact our lives and we can sow into their lives. What is the net result? Can we in a monetary way, evaluate the impact? Was our lives lived in vain?

                               Thanks be unto God who has in so many ways given us the victory. He is forever good!

1 Corinthians 3: 5b – 9:
Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. 6 I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. 7 It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. 9 For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field.


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27 02 2016
Wayne Hodge

Thank you for sharing this– God bless you again today!!

27 02 2016
nextgen4god

Thanks Wayne!

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