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Little Things—Big Consequences

"And then He [Jesus] told them, 'Go into all the world and preach [communicate] the Good News to everyone, everywhere.'"1

Ron Clarke of Tasmania, Australia, asks, "Have you ever been to the south coast of England? If not, you may have seen pictures of it or can remember the wartime song 'There'll Be Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover.' These white cliffs are composed of chalk. Chalk is formed by the shells of very tiny animals called 'Foraminifera', meaning 'hole-bearers'. They are so called because their small shells are pierced with little holes. Thousands of years ago there were trillions of these little creatures in the sea. As they died, their shells fell to the sea floor and formed a layer that gradually became thicker and thicker. Then followed an earthquake and pushed the layer upwards to form chalk cliffs.

"These cliffs are being destroyed by another small shellfish called a 'Piddock'. This creature can twist its shell rather like an awl or drill bit to make holes in the chalk. They attack the cliffs just above high water, and as the seas pound against the cliffs, they are weakened and eventually collapse in a landslide. A naturalist, writing about Piddocks, said that Britain is an island because of the work of Piddocks. Britain was once joined to the continent of Europe, and over thousands of years Piddocks have destroyed the chalk cliffs to form the English Channel.

"This piece of trivia highlights what great things [or destructive things] can be achieved by very tiny creatures, and how much can result from very little. It would have cost billions to excavate the English Channel, but the humble Piddock did it alone."2

As we noted in yesterday's Daily Encounter, we all have a part to play in God's service—no matter how small that may be. Your and my contribution is all a part of God's greater plan and a part of what He is doing in the world today. We can't improve on God's plan. The smartest thing to do is to get in on it. And a vital part of His plan, as Jesus commissioned each of us, is to "go into all the world and preach [communicate] the Good News to everyone, everywhere."

And that starts right where we are by being 'as Jesus' to every life we touch … and by joining hands and hearts with those who are reaching the lost with the lifesaving gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I'm available. Please make me usable and use me to be 'as Jesus' in some way to every life I touch, and be ready and prepared to share Your plan of salvation as opportunities arise. And please help me to be sensitive to these opportunities. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

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1. Mark 16:15 (NASB).
2. Ron Clarke,  


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