Cause a Ripple
It was very early on a Sunday morning. The thought, "808", kept going through my mind. It took a few minutes to realize that it was the time of a service at a nearby church. It had been a very long time since I had gone to any church and never to that one. I decided to go, and figure out why I was feeling called to be there.
As I walked through the doors, I was greeted with a hello and a stone was placed in my hand. Feeling perplexed, I sat and waited for what would happen next. The sermon was about how each of us "creates a ripple" in life, by everything we do and say. We all have the capacity to influence people, in either a good or bad way; it is a choice each of us makes. At the end of the service, we were given the opportunity to drop the stone into a pool of water and watch the ripples that it created.
Since then, I have been baptized and have been inspired by many people that have created ripples of their own. To some, I felt compelled to give them a "stone" as a symbol to acknowledge the wonderful things they have done and are doing in their lives. One, through his business expertise and compassion, created, implemented and personally delivered a plan, to hundreds of thousands of people across the country, to help improve their quality of life. Another person, bravely fought and over-came an addiction that nearly destroyed her life and family. For the past 27 years she has been a mentor to those fighting the same battle. In another case, a wonderful 48 year old woman has been suffering with cancer and many health-related issues since she was ten years old. Despite all of this her disposition is amazing and she treats everyone kindly. And a smart and successful woman, decided to quit a lucrative career to pursue non-profit work to give the gifts of her time, her energy and her heart. Finally, the church's Pastor, who's words and actions powerfully washed over me that Sunday morning at the "808" service and caused a ripple in my soul*. These people are remarkable, and they are just a few of those that have made and will make such a difference not only in my life but also the lives of so many. - Sharon
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