Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Ripple Effect

"If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you." -- Matthew 7:11-12

Many years ago I bought a motivational tape series, "See You at the Top," by noted speaker and author Zig Ziglar.  Although it has been over twenty five years since I listened to those tapes, I still clearly remember his question, "Who's kicking your cat?"  The story he told and the question he asked had a point:  the actions of others have a trickle down effect on us and on those with whom we subsequently come in contact.  Said another way, our interactions with and attitudes toward others have a ripple effect which can be positive or negative depending on our behavior.

Ripple effects can be negative, even disastrous as evidenced by the recent earthquake in Japan.  Not only did the earthquake devastate the infrastructure of Japan but it also produced a tsunami that destroyed everything in its path.  Everything that happened in Japan has already begun to have a ripple effect on the rest of the world, particularly in the area of economics.

But there can also be positive ripple effects.  As we continue monitoring the situation in Japan, perhaps we will find ourselves praying and giving to those in need, giving thanks to God for our great blessings, and being a little more sensitive to those around us.  As we pray, give, and express our thanks to God, good things will happen, people will be helped, and some may even come to know and love God himself.

Look around you today.  As you interact with people, do so in such away that your love and concern will spread out like the circles on a pond.  Your one small act of kindness, even though seemingly inconsequential to you, can have a huge impact in someone else's life.  Perpetuate God's goodness by being a blessing to someone else today!

1 comment: