A Ripple in the Pond: Time to Throw Stones!
Visit any pond, and you will invariably see someone throwing or skipping rocks. There is something about a still body of water. It lures us. There is this innate desire to create ripples. It is mesmerizing to watch as the disturbance gives the water energy resulting in ripples that emanate in all directions.
The parallel to our lives seems a bit obvious. There is no question that each of us probably creates our own “ripples” each day. While we all prefer peaceful waters, our words and actions may serve as “disturbances” to those around us. These disturbances could potentially cause ripples far beyond our imagination.
I know there are many Christian educators teaching in our schools today. Many of them tell me they feel isolated because fellow believers are hard to find. Their “pond” is a bit murky, and most don’t want to create ripples. I want to encourage you! God’s influence through you can create a ripple effect in a positive manner. It’s time to throw some stones!
Stones of Affirmation
Words of encouragement and support never go out of style. We know how important this is for the students we teach, but how often do we offer affirmation to our colleagues and superiors? Look for opportunities this week to affirm those around you while being careful to disengage from any conversations that could be perceived as unfavorable. Cast an affirmation stone.
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29
Stones of Kindness
What does it mean to be truly kind? Webster’s Dictionary defines kindness as friendly, generous and considerate. Kindness is often shown by extending good will to those who are undeserving or least expect it. Who has God placed in your path? Do they need to experience God’s kindness through you? Cast a kindness stone.
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians 3:12
Stones of Forgiveness
There will be times when we are forced to work with those who have wronged us. It is unavoidable. In those uncomfortable environments we have a choice. We can either grow bitter toward the person, or we can choose forgiveness. I have had situations like this in my life, and I have learned (the hard way) that the longer I hold onto unforgiveness, the more miserable I am. Is there someone you need to forgive? Cast a forgiveness stone.
Bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Colossians 3:13
If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15
Stones of Service
It is easy for me to become laser focused on my own needs. However, God has really been working on my heart lately regarding the area of service. Needs exist all around us. I know I must be purposeful in seeking out opportunities to serve. What about you? Cast a service stone.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Stones of Love
I know this is a big stone. It is actually more like a boulder! Love encompasses so much, but I couldn’t leave it out since it is the greatest commandment of all.
“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-39
Loving those around us, especially the unlovable, is impossible apart from a relationship with Jesus Christ. Paul tells us in Romans 5:5 that God loved us so much that He gave us the Holy Spirit to fill us with HIS love. It is HIS love that enables us to love others. Who needs to feel your love this week? Cast a love stone.
Once a stone is cast, it doesn’t return. There is always a ripple effect. Never underestimate the impact of your stones. I want to encourage you to be a positive disturbance in your pond this week! Let’s cast some stones!