Well, I’m overwhelmed. I am awash in kind words and well wishes. I’m so enjoying reading all your stories and comments. So much so that I’m going to need another day to respond to them all. Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment.
I remember when Mark Heard died there were hundreds of comments — many deep, and personal — on his Facebook page, and I couldn’t help but think how sad it was that he never got to read them. I feel like I’m getting to read some of mine without dying!
One comment in particular stood out. It was from Dr. Carolyn Tennant, former Vice President, Academic Affairs, at North Central University (NCU) in Minneapolis. Carolyn is one of the smartest people I know with spiritual smarts to go along with a very lively mind that is culturally and biblically aware. I used to love it when I got booked at NCU because I knew I would get to spend some stimulating time with Carolyn. Yesterday she wrote, “Just a couple of weeks ago, a former student was quoting something you had said several decades ago. I love how the pebbles thrown into the lake make ripples that keep moving outward.”
It’s the ripple effect, and I’m sure we are all making ripples even today. Those ripples eventually reach the shore, and when they do, they cover a wide area touching people we won’t ever know. It could be as small a pebble as a word here, or a smile there, but it moves out like a ripple and it doesn’t come back. I have no idea what comment I made that stuck with a student for decades, but the Holy Spirit gave it the staying power. Be encouraged; you are making ripples you don’t know about. Jesus said we would be making disciples by passing on what He has taught us. That’s why we learn, so we can pass it on to others like pebbles thrown in a lake.