I was in the GroupLife Center today, taking a lunch break. On the table was a “Thank You” card from one of the local schools, sent to us after the recent Teacher Appreciation outreach from McLane Church. It was an amazing card.
It wasn’t just a simple card signed with a quick thank you note from the school as a whole. It was signed by a whole bunch of people who had been blessed by the thoughtfulness of McLane. When you get a representative thank you, it doesn’t have near the power of when you hear the thoughts of everyone who took the time to jot a note.
Anyway, it got me to thinking about how each volunteer involved in Teacher Appreciation was part of a blessing to around 1,200 people. Think about it. If you were a bag-stuffer, you helped brighten the day of hundreds and hundreds of teachers and support staff. Did you make a delivery of our gifts to a school? You were a vital part in a project that made a tangible difference in many people’s lives that day.
It reminded me of the term “Multiplier Effect”, which I learned about in a college macroeconomics class a lifetime ago. Its application here: the impact that one person can have, working with others...and God, that makes a difference in the lives of a great many people. Who knows...maybe a teacher that you reached with your gift of time and service needed to be affirmed during a very stressful time in their career. They may have needed to know that their life made a difference. While this outreach may not seem to have any spiritual significance on the surface, God may very well have used you to make a dramatic impact in someone’s life.
The interesting thing is that many people in the Bible...ones who are declared as people of faith...never saw the affect of their life on others. They may have died before the fruit of their labor was realized. They may have thought that their life was lived in vain. But God...with the long view...is able to put our lives into an eternal context that brings significance where none can be seen from our perspective.
So take heart. The things we say and do, while appearing minor and of little consequence, can be multiplied by God in ways we may never know about until we meet Him face to face. Keep up the good work, regardless of what things look like on the surface.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)