“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
Not long ago, I watched something that fascinated me and I want to share it with you. Perhaps you have heard of this before: “The Butterfly Effect”.
The Butterfly Effect is a term used in chaos theory to describe how small changes to a seemingly unrelated thing or condition (also known as an initial condition) can affect large, complex systems. The name of the effect, coined by Edward Lorenz, a mathematician and meteorologist is derived from the theoretical example of a hurricane’s formation being contingent on whether or not a distant butterfly had flapped its wings several weeks earlier. WOW! CAN YOU IMAGINE!
Similarly, in human behavior, it is possible for one small action, taken by one person, to result in changing the lives of millions if not billions of people. In other words, your life makes a difference and God can use your life to change the world one small action at a time.
Let me share with you an example of the Butterfly Effect taken from Greg Laurie’s book, A Passion for God. Although Greg Laurie does not use the term “The Butterfly Effect”, you will see how the faithfulness of one person’s action can, as Greg Laurie says, “Cause God’s Divine Domino Effect”.
“It all began when Edward Kimble felt the tugging of the Spirit to share his faith with a young shoe salesman he knew. At first Kimble vacillated, unsure if he should talk to the man. But he finally mustered his courage and went into the shoe store. There Kimble found the salesman in the back room stocking shoes, and he began to share his faith with him. As a result, the young shoe salesman prayed and received Jesus Christ that day. That shoe salesman’s name was Dwight L. Moody, and he became the greatest evangelist of his generation.
But the story doesn’t end there. Several years later a pastor and well-known author by the named of Frederick B. Meyer heard Moody preach. Meyer was so deeply stirred by Moody’s preaching that he himself embarked on a far-reaching evangelistic ministry. Once when Meyer was preaching a college student named Wilbur Chapman accepted Christ as a result of his presentation of the gospel. Chapman later employed a baseball player to help him prepare to conduct an evangelistic crusade. That ballplayer, who later became a powerful evangelist himself, was Billy Sunday.
Years later, a group of businessmen invited Billy Sunday to hold a evangelistic campaign in Charlotte, North Carolina, which resulted in many people coming to Christ. The businessmen were so touched by Sunday’s preaching that they brought in another evangelist, Mordecai Ham, to hold another crusade. Ham’s crusade went well, even though it did not have many converts. On one of the last nights of the meetings, however, one tall, lanky young man walked up the aisle to receive Christ. That man’s name was Billy Graham.
Talk about a chain of events! And it all started with an ordinary Christian named Edward Kimble, who reached D.L. Moody, who reached Wilbur Chapman, who reached Billy Sunday, who reached Mordecai Ham, who reached Billy Graham. Look at what God has done over these many years because of the faithfulness of one person.”
How are we impacting our chain? Imagine what God is doing through your faithfulness! Everything we do – sets off a chain of events that God uses to accomplish His purposes.
Nothing you do is insignificant – nothing! If the flutter of a butterfly wing can somehow change the molecules in the air that can be felt in another state, can you imagine what your faithfulness to your Lord, to your family, to your friends, to your employer will do in the life’s of others?!
Every action you take, every word of encouragement, every prayer you prayed, every smile you gave, every person you forgave, every test you took, every assignment you took on, every day you purposed to work, every time you spent your “time” mentoring others or caring for others or helping others or providing for others, set off a chain of events, whether intentional or unintentional, that can have long reaching effects.
The beautiful part of following God is knowing the promise He gives to His children in Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes ALL things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Never forget how valuable your life is! Your life makes a difference! What you are doing today, may change the world tomorrow!
"You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it." Psalm 139:5-6