Some time ago I read the book, The Butterfly Effect, by Andy Andrews, at a work team retreat and as an assignment from our director. It only took about 20-30 minutes to read and the question we were to respond to is the title of this post. Does my life really matter?
The author shares that the theory, stated by Edward Lorenz, that a butterfly could flap it’s wings and set molecules in motion which move other molecules and, in turn, would be eventually be capable of starting a hurricane on the other side of the world. Edward was laughed at but 30 years later, physics professors proved that the butterfly effect was accurate, now known as The Law of Sensitive Dependence Upon Initial Conditions.
The point is, according to the author, “everything you do matters. Every move you make, every action you take…matters.” I would add, even if you do not see results currently-DO NOT give up. In 2 Chronicles 15:7 Azariah is telling Asa and others not to give up. Their work has a reward. And Paul writes the Thessalonians, “do not grow weary in doing good.”(2 Thess. 3:13)
If you are wondering if the time you are investing in Kingdom work is important, remember the story and know that you also have a “butterfly effect” as well! Your story will be heard long after you are gone from this world.
“This will be written for a later generation, and a newly created people will praise the Lord.” ~ Psalms 102:18 (HCSB)
By serving Christ today, you have the “butterfly effect” of touching the lives of those who are yet to be born! Can you even imagine? The author concludes, “You have been created in order that you might make a difference.” Continue faithfully serving and leading women, God will do far more through you than you will ever see in your lifetime.
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