The “ripple effect”

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You never know who you’re going to sit next to at a baseball game. It goes something like this.  You get a ticket, you sit down, and then someone invades your personal space and sits next to you. As you begin to enjoy the game, this guy next to you, usually with a painted face and team T-shirt stands up and attempts to start “the wave.”  You see the wave usually starts with one person who takes it upon themselves to motivate a crowd to do it.

He stands up and says OK everybody…we’re going to do the wave. 1,2,3 and there’s one person who does it. So he says it again, again and again. Pretty soon, this one dude has the whole stadium standing up and cheering. This one guy got everyone doing something that they may not have wanted to do.

Sometimes we feel like we’re just one person. How can we do anything? One small stone thrown in the middle of a pond, one step out of your comfort zone, one kind word, one risk for the sake of something worthwhile, or one simple encouragement can have an amazing ripple effect. It can have a huge wave of impact on a crowd of people.

Jesus said this in Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

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