by Donna Sparks @Donnasparks28
Most of us have experienced the simple act of tossing a pebble into a pond to see what happens. I remember the amazement I experienced as a child when I tossed a stone and watched the circles appear on the glassy surface. Little by little, they would expand farther and farther across the lake.
We refer to this as the ripple effect. One tiny sudden impact on the surface of still water can send out ripples that eventually reach the opposite shore.
We may think that a tiny pebble tossed into a giant lake can’t have much of an impact, but it obviously does. The same kind of effect happens when one life is touched by Jesus. Recently as I was ministering in the local jail, a precious young lady gave her heart to Christ.
As I worked with her, Angel became hungry for more of God. It was obvious that He had impacted her life in a powerful way. I could sense a strong call to ministry on her life, and she wanted everything God had to offer her.
Angel called me when she was released. She was so excited as we talked about her long drive home with her father. She related to me how she had told him everything she learned in the jail services. She talked about the Bible lessons I had shared with them and how my testimony had inspired her to follow Jesus. I was so thrilled to hear the excitement in her voice.
But it kept getting better. She said, “Miss Donna, when I got home, I sat down with my family and read the Bible to them! But that’s not all! I prayed with them, and they accepted Christ as their Savior.” I almost shouted right then and there!
She continued, “And, Miss Donna, we have found a wonderful church just seven miles from our house. We are all going this Sunday!” I was overjoyed! She shared the name of the church with me, and I told her I would give the pastor a call on Monday.
When I called him, he told me that she and her parents did come to church on Sunday. He said that their church had just started a new program for former addicts and those still struggling with addictions.
He also shared his plans with me to get Angel involved.
And he did. Angel called me back bursting with excitement, as she told me how the pastor was getting her planted in several areas of ministry! Both of her parents are attending church with her, and she is absolutely thrilled to see what future plans God has for her. She hopes to minister in jails and share her own testimony someday.
Sometimes we may feel that we are having little to no impact in what we are doing for Christ. But that is nothing more than a lie from the enemy. The smallest thing can make the biggest impact. Just like a tiny pebble causing ripples across a lake, our testimony shared with another individual can change a life. When that changed individual shares their testimony, other lives are changed. The ripples keep reaching outward.
We have to remember that the impact we make on one person can extend farther than we can even imagine. Oh, the stories we will share in Heaven when we meet those whose lives were changed as an indirect result of our ministry. Small beginnings yield huge results in eternity!
So, keep casting those small pebbles out into the lake. You never know how far those ripples may travel. You could well make an impact far greater than you will ever know.
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth. It will not return to Me empty without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11 NASB
About the author: Donna Sparks is an evangelist and author of Beauty from Ashes: My Story of Grace. A sought-after speaker for women’s conferences and retreats, Donna travels extensively to minister in churches and other venues. She also leads a vibrant and fruitful women’s jail and prison ministry, through which she has seen God perform countless miracles in the lives of the ladies to whom she ministers. Donna has been married for twenty-one years to the love of her life, Bryan, and they are raising their two daughters to know and experience the reality of God, the fullness of His love, and His power to lead them. Her newest book No Limits: Embracing the Miraculous, released on Oct. 1st.
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