Ripple Effect 2017
Small things can have an impact way beyond the thing itself. It is often seemingly insignificant things that over time have the greatest impact. This idea has been referred to as a butterfly effect or a chain reaction.
But the analogy we like the best is that of a ripple effect.
Like stones dropped in a pond, small things ripple out and make a much bigger impact. And this applies not just to our actions, but also our perspective and worldview.
- Small acts done with great love will change the world
- Small shifts in our perspective will change us!
These shifts are often small areas of our perspective that haven’t been fully surrendered to God. These small “surrenders” have incredible ripple effect power in our lives to impact how we see the world and live in it.
Here are 2 areas of surrender with incredible ripple effect power:
#1.) Surrender our concept of satisfaction
For most of us, we believe if we just got the “things” our heart desires, then we would be satisfied. Unfortunately, this just isn’t true. Many people who have achieved their ultimate goal and gotten all the “things” have found their lives to be empty.
Take this excerpt from Tom Brady:
“Why do I have three Super Bowl rings, and still think there’s something greater out there for me? I mean, maybe a lot of people would say, ‘Hey man, this is what is.’ I reached my goal, my dream, my life. Me, I think: God, it’s gotta be more than this. I mean this can’t be what it’s all cracked up to be. I mean I’ve done it. I’m 27. And what else is there for me? I wish I knew. I wish I knew.”
– Tom Brady, winningest quarterback in NFL history
Here’s a new concept of satisfaction:
What if God didn’t just want to give us the desires of our heart? What if he wanted to become the desire of our heart? What if the only thing that could truly satisfy us is knowing God himself?
“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4 (NIV)
When we make God the desire of our heart, he changes our desires to match his. And in that place, we find a satisfaction like no other.
#2.) Surrender our concept of success
Success isn’t primarily about winning public battles but private ones.
Here’s the false concept we often believe: “I am successful when external victories are won through my performance.”
Here’s what a surrendered concept could look like: “I am successful when private victories are won through surrender to God.”
A great example of this is the story of David & Goliath in Scripture.
Everyone thinks of David’s unbelievable faith, courage and ultimate victory against Goliath on the battlefield. But long before that day, David spent years in private surrender to God as he took care of sheepfield. In that time, he learned how to trust God and protect the sheep by killing off lions and bears.
All of those private victories eventually culminated in a public victory. Goliath wasn’t killed by the power of David’s strength on the battlefield but the power of David’s surrender in the sheep field.
“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”
– Muhammad Ali
External victories aren’t “bad” but they aren’t complete. We need to focus on the private places we need to surrender and out of those places will come success everywhere else.
Let’s surrender our concepts of satisfaction and success together by asking ourselves these questions:
- What external things are we pursuing for satisfaction in place of God himself?
- What is my definition of success?
- What are the private victories I need to win with God before public victories can happen?
Listen to the full podcast here:
Podcast – Ripple Effect Week 3