Have you ever heard of the Butterfly Effect?
In 1963, Edward Lorenz, an American mathematician and meteorologist, advanced an odd theory. Does weather change from small, unseen events?
He said that the flap of a butterfly’s wing could move a tiny amount of air which would interact with other air. As molecule upon molecule accumulated, it would eventually start a hurricane on the other side of the planet.
His fellow scientists laughed.
Then in 1993, more research confirmed Lorenz’s theory, known as the Law of Sensitive Dependence.
Jesus described it differently.
“He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” (Matthew 13:31–32, NIV)
He said the small actions produce grand effects for God and his kingdom.
Just a seed…planted…changes everything.
Everything we do is essential and is significant. It matters. Each day contains the kernel of significant change.
Small things created their own hurricane of action. A smile cast in the direction of the lonely can lift the spirit and make the day better. Calling someone who feels forgotten would give them a sense that someone cares and doesn’t need that.
We live with the mistaken notion that only massive public acts make a difference. Yet, most changes start small. Everyone procrastinates something because “that would not do any good.” Yet, any action, no matter how small, has greater weight than doing nothing. Lao Tzu instructed, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Today, let your butterfly’s wing flap instead of looking for a grand gesture. It will move something that could change everything.