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On Planting Seeds

Do you ever wonder if the work you are doing is important? I mean really important? Like life changing important?

Sometimes I find myself wondering, "Is what I am doing making any difference in this world?".

I teach my children to read, teach them long division, to love the Lord and their fellow man. I greet the person sitting alone at church, give the homeless man on the corner a sandwich, and donate monthly to a child in Africa.

But am I really making a difference?

Sometimes the things I do seem so small, so insignificant.

On planting seeds

And then I get this in my inbox with the above photo attached.

You might not remember sending me this book years ago when my marriage was in shambles, but I wanted to thank you again for it. God used it to encourage me to seek holiness and then happiness followed. We celebrated our (big number) anniversary with our (lots of) children. I pulled this out this week just to reread it because it was just that encouraging. Thanks again! (Details omitted to protect privacy.)

I am not sharing this with you so I can pat myself on the back. I am sharing to encourage you in each small act of service you do.

It makes a difference.

I don't remember how much time I took corresponding with the woman above, encouraging her in her marriage struggles. 10 minutes? 30 minutes? I can't remember how long I spent at the post office mailing her the book. Or did I send it directly from Amazon?

It was such a tiny part of myself that I offered.

A seed.

"I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service…" (1 Cor. 3:6-9)

You don't have to be the president of a company, or even an advisor to the president to be serving The King.

Plant those seeds. It matters.

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  1. Thank you for writing this. With homeschooling, I find that much of my outside “ministry” is simply writing encouraging emails. No one sees it, and sometimes it feels not enough. But my best friend, who is 15 years older than I am, told me that she has learned that those little things ARE the big things, so to keep doing them. It’s good to know other people wonder the same things sometimes.

  2. As someone who has “reached out” in the past, I can testify to the life changing results of small acts of kindness, empathy and guidance.
    A few people didn’t respond to my cry for help and I am not offended by their reaction and I still consider them good friends. But, the couple of people that found the time to offer a word of advice, a listening ear or even a kick in the rump set an example and made me realize that we are all called to service in different ways. It is my responsibility and honor to answer that call.

  3. This was the second reminder I’ve gotten this week that those little things – those seemingly small acts of obedience – matter. Thank you.

  4. Thank you. I am going to get this book. It is exactly what I need!

  5. Dear Connie, I’m hosting this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling. Would you allow me to include this post? I’ll check back tomorrow morning to make sure. Thanks, Mama Squirrel at Dewey’s Treehouse.