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Be The Change

Today I am posting the link to an interview I did with Matt Sampson. Matt is the Executive Director for Sparrow Clubs USA in Medford.

I invite you to listen to the message he brings; how one person can make all the difference in the world. It is a touching story and encouraging message that one person can change the course, inspire a community, and save a life.

The very simple, act of one young man truly changed the course of history for many families. I don’t want to give up too much because Matt tells it much better than I.

But my point is this: how many times have you thought to yourself, or heard someone say, “what possible difference could my vote make?” or “One person can’t change the world.”

One person may not be able to change the world, but you can change the world for one person. And perhaps in doing so you create a ripple effect that is felt around your community, if not the world. You can make a difference. You do make a difference.

Have you heard of the butterfly effect?

The term "butterfly effect" was coined in the 1960s by Edward Lorenz, a meteorology professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who was studying weather patterns. He devised a model demonstrating that if you compare two starting points indicating current weather that are near each other, they'll soon drift apart – and later, one area could wind up with severe storms, while the other is calm.

According to, the butterfly effect is the idea that small, seemingly trivial events may ultimately result in something with much larger consequences – in other words, they have non-linear impacts on very complex systems. For instance, when a butterfly flaps its wings in India, that tiny change in air pressure could eventually cause a tornado in Iowa.

Now I am not sure I buy into that scenario, but the point is, small seemingly unimportant movements and actions can change the world around you.

What we say and do has a lasting effect. In fact, Jesus said that when He comes in the clouds of glory, He will separate the sheep from the goats; the saved from the unsaved. He will separate depending on works.

Yes, I said it. Works.

"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

Be blessed. Be a blessing and please take a few moments and listen to this amazing story. The good stuff begins at about the 2:45 mark.

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