The Ripple Effect

Written by Vicki Ogden

The theme for our Vacation Bible School (VBS) this year is “Make Waves”. The children who attend will learn that when we put our trust in Jesus, we can Make Waves because of His Spirit living inside us.


When ask to write a blog to coincide with the theme, my mind went back to my childhood – one because as a child I attended VBS every year and two because of the water theme.

You see I grew up with a creek in my backyard. It was less than 15ft from my back door. As kids, to pass time (you know before Netflix, Instagram, Tic Toc, YouTube), we would go outside and toss rocks into the creek. We would watch the circles around the point of entry get bigger and bigger. No matter the size (big or small) or shape (round or flat) of the rock, the circles would eventually make it to the banks of the creek.

This is called The Ripple Effect – the continuing and spreading results of an event or action.

Likewise, we, as Christians (a.k.a. the rock), can start a Ripple Effect to Make Waves that can impact the world around us – to make a positive difference in this world, one positive change at a time.

James 2: 14-17 says, What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?  If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?  Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Read that again, “Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

I don’t know about you, but I definitely do not want my faith to no longer be alive.

That is a pretty powerful message. Thus, we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus here on earth.

Each and every day and moment of our life is an opportunity to show others the love of Christ – in our home – at our job – in our community – in our church – at school – at the grocery store – in a doctor’s office – at the dentist – at the gas station – on the road driving. And every day is a chance to make a difference in someone’s life and start The Ripple Effect.

Sit with someone at lunch who is alone.

When someone shares a concern with you, ask if you can pray for them right then and there.

Read a bible verse with your child at night.

If someone is a little short on cash at the grocery store if you are able, pay for their groceries.

Hold the door open for someone.

When a co-work starts talking bad about you, do not retaliate.

If someone cuts you off in traffic, do not get angry. Just smile at them.

Put your shopping cart back in the holder.

Smile at a stranger.

Call your mom, dad, sister, or brother just to say hi.

When someone asks for forgiveness, fully grant it.

Pray for those who you do not see eye-to-eye with.

Take a meal or some cookies to the person who lives next to you.

Send a card to someone in a nursing home or away at college.

Build relationships with each other to help carry their burdens.

Don’t ever forget who you are. You are child a God, and we can change the world around us through the power of Jesus.

As Jesus declared, “I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it” (Matthew 16:18). This is our hope and the assurance of our faith.

God is the designer and the creator of all things. The God who made the creeks and rocks made us, and He is working in our lives to bring about good things – to bring about a great revival. What you do today can change the world around you, one small Ripple at a time.

One Response to “The Ripple Effect”

  1. Bill KennedySabala says:

    Nicely written Vicki. 🙂

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