I’m just starting to get to know Sharita through these-here portals of the internet, but friends, I’ve got to tell you: I like what I see. I like that she’s a powerhouse, that she encourages and pushes, in all the right ways, that she tells stories and gives examples of which every single one of us can relate. So read, enjoy, and show our friend some love!
We’ve all heard it.
There are quotes said, books written, movies scripted around it.
The butterfly effect—that strange yet powerful phenomenon that says the beating wings of a single butterfly can have a drastic impact on weather systems and other events around the world.
The same concept can be applied to a pebble tossed in the water. Concentric ripples grow outwardly, getting bigger and bigger until their effects fade away into distant waters.
Whatever analogy you want to use, I wholeheartedly believe in this truth:
Sometimes the smallest aspects of life become big in the blink of an eye.
Just think about it:
Saying a shy “yes” to that blue-eyed soldier when he asks you to dance might seem small… but when you end up marrying him, that little thing becomes big.
Giving the tired grocery store cashier a genuine smile and thanking them for their hard work might seem small… but when it reminds them there IS joy in the world and people do care, that little thing becomes big.
Taking a single deep breath before you snap at your kid for sneaking yet another cookie might seem small… but later, when the evening wasn’t full of tears and harsh words, you will be grateful for how that little thing becomes big.
Choosing to forgive someone for any kind of offense might seem small… but when you feel that freedom in your heart and the potential gratitude from the other person, that little thing becomes big.
Buying a stranger’s coffee or meal “just because” might seem small… but when they pay it forward and start a chain of kindness, that little thing becomes big.
Praying with your neighbor when they go through a hard season might seem small… but when their faith grows stronger and they share it with their family, that little thing becomes big.
Carving out a few precious moments in your schedule to “recharge” you heart-batteries might seem small… but when you become a better mama, wife, friend, daughter, everything, that little thing becomes big.
Putting down the phone or technological device to watch your little one giggle in the floor with the dog might seem small… but when you watch your not-so-little one walk across that stage during graduation years later, that little thing becomes big.
Deciding that you will get the salad instead of the fries and take a quick walk before crashing on the couch might seem small… but a few months later when you are healthier than ever before, that little thing becomes big.
Standing up for what you believe in when someone who lacks integrity says, “Follow me” might seem small… but when their world comes crashing down due to their poor decisions, that little thing becomes big.
Friends, there are many, many seemingly small scenarios, opportunities and choice presented to us daily that, in the end, might become pretty big.
It is kind of intimidating yet exciting to consider how our “little” actions might be a lot bigger than anticipated, yes?
In what areas of your life do you notice the little things becoming big things? How can we be more aware of the potentially big impact our decisions and daily choices can have on this world? I would love to hear your feedback. Chime in by leaving a comment below.
I sincerely pray this short little post helps you to think… And think big.
Because who knows how big our little life choices can truly become?
Sharita Knobloch describes herself as a Jesus-loving, enthusiastically creative minister, writer, and Blackaby Spiritual Leadership Coach. She loves encouraging others to find Jesus in the everyday and live in His light through blogging and coaching at 7 Days Time Ministry. She adores her family, specifically her Beloved army infantry husband Brandon, their sweet daughter Charis and goofy little dog, Justus. Sharita enjoys exploring her current “home” state of Washington, breaking in new journals with inky pens, and the occasional square of dark chocolate in the bathtub. You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. Otherwise, what can you say to encourage our friend today?0