5 Ways to Make a Big Splash with lasting ripple effects in your family
Do you want to do something that’ll change your world? Do you want to do something that will change – or at least impact your marriage and your family?
I’m sure you do because you were created for greatness.
Maybe, the best possible way for you to achieve something great may be to think small.
I know this statement goes a bit against the grain of those who say: “Dream big dreams” or “Think big if you want to do great things.”
All these statements have their place. But many times, statements like these have squelched many of us from making the big splash in life. Our dreams often become dimmed – turning into nightmares.
But by thinking small, you may achieve something great.
Let me explain.
When I was young I used to go near ponds and lakes and enjoyed throwing rocks on the water. I would often look for the biggest bolder I could pick up and throw it in for the big splash. My boys enjoy doing the same thing now.
But my boys like to take it a step further. They like to compete with each other and with me to see who would make the biggest splash of the day.
In some of our “competition” times the big rocks were not available, only little ones.
"As a parent, it's the simple things in life that make the big difference."
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So one day as we were throwing both big and small rocks in the water I noticed one thing that both the big splash and the little splash had in common.
Though the splash from the little rocks were nowhere near as dramatic as the splash from the bigger rocks, yet the ripples they created across the surface of the water expanded outward almost as far as the larger rocks.
Truth is the course of history is often determined by people who make a big splash. But even if you feel like a small pebble, God will still work through you to make a positive mark on people’s lives and help you achieve far more than you ever dreamed possible.
Notice that for every Martin Luther King, Jr. or Abraham Lincoln there stands a mother, a father, a grandparent, a teacher or a good friend with basic splashes making big ripples.
I’m often reminded of the great Billy Graham who has touched and impacted thousands of lives. As the most respected man in America to this day, yet hardly anyone knows who the heroes with the big splashes are behind Dr. Graham’s life.
Few know the preacher who brought him to an altar one day, the Sunday school teacher who helped shape his life and doctrine, his mother, father, wife and children.
Each of us has a role to play. You might feel your splash has gone mostly unnoticed, but take heart, God’s word promises that even a cup of cold water offered in his name can change someone’s life (Matthew 10:42).
As a husband and father, you feel the pressure to produce and provide. As a wife and mother you feel the pressure to be an exceptionally extraordinary super wife and mom. And you may feel like your splash is not making any effect at all.
Rest assured that it is the simple things in life that make the big difference.
Your big splash with big ripples come from your unconditional love, your faithfulness, your small efforts, your sticktuidness to the difficult task at hand, and your commitment to your God and to your family.
It's those little splashes with the big ripple effects are where your rewards come from. Those are the ones your children will one day remember. That is part of your legacy – your big splash with big ripple effects.