Perspective

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. IF I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

She continued, “the stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them for a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed- incapable of doing anything.”

Remember to put the glass down.

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Be the Difference.

Once upon a time, there was a man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing where he tended to walk on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore he looked down the beach and saw a human figure standing by the water.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a child. As he watched the child, he noticed the child reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects and throwing them into the ocean.

He came close and called out to the child, “May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The child paused, looked up and replied, “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

The man was somewhat startled by this response and asked, “Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”

Before answering, the child bent down, picked up a starfish and threw it into the ocean. He picked up another before turning to the man, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they will die in the sun.” And he threw the starfish into the ocean.

Upon hearing this, the man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles of beach and thousands of starfish? You can’t really believe that what you are doing is making a difference!”

To this, the child bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the ocean.

“It made a difference for that one.”

And he bent up to pick up another.

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Each of us, no matter how young, can make a difference in the world around us. If a young child can save the act of a starfish, imagine what you are capable of doing.

Make a difference.

A Lesson From The Water.

“One drop of water, then another, can become a ripple, a river, a rising torrent… unstoppable…which in time breaks down all resistance to flow free once again to flow towards its destiny…”

This is a quote from a movie I discovered just today on YouTube. It isn’t too terriably important as to what movie it was, but for reference it may help. It’s a fan-made movie based on Lord of the Rings…it’s about the race of men called the Dunedain (and for the record it’s not too bad at all, especially for it’s budget). However, the movie itself is not the focus of this, the focus is rather on the quote. I began to really think about it and a thought began to form in my mind…it went something like this…

What if this quote could be applied to the church?

The water, each drop, represents a life of a single believer. Separated and alone, each drop does not account for much. However, when brought together, something powerful can be produced and serious change can be brought about. Single drops of water come together to form a ripple then a river then a rising torrent. This torrent of water works to break through all resistance and flow. Imagine how much the Church could accomplish if we took a lesson from the water. Let’s the flood-tide that changes and shapes this world in incredible and powerful ways.

Together we can break through any resistance this world tries to erect in front of us.

Together we can join and flow towards the destiny God ultimately created us to reach.

Call it what you will…a flood, a revolution, an uprising…or, what it needs to be: revival.

Drop By Drop…A Rising River.