A stone dropped in a pond generates waves in a beautiful changing pattern, a rippling ring radiating outward from a centre that gradually returns to quietude. The expanding ring is called a wave packet. Individual waves travel at different speeds, the long ones going fastest and the shortest ones slowest.
“Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water – it will make ripples throughout the entire pond.” Jessy and Bryan Matteo
Ripples of caring and kindness can go a long way out from us. Lots of ties we don’t see the results of those ripples as they affect the lives of the people we connect with, but it also goes out and touches the people they connect with. The influence of our caring and kindness, our example, is multiplied.
Here’s another way to look at it. One of my favourite quotes is about apple seeds. They are pretty small, but have great potential and possibilities. “You can always cut open the apple and find out how many seeds are inside, but there’s no way you can cut the seed and find out how many apples are in it.”
Jesus told a parable in Matthew 25:34-40 about the sheep and the goats. In it he says, “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
And again in Matthew 10:42 he says, “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”
“The Ripple Effect” Poem
Drop a pebble in the water, just a splash and it is gone, but there are half-a-hundred ripples, circling on and on and on.
Spreading from the center, flowing onward to the sea, and there is no way of telling, where the end is going to be.
Drop a word of cheer and kindness, just a splash and it is gone, but there are half a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on.
Bearing hope and joy and comfort, on each splashing, dashing wave – til you wouldn’t believe the volume, of the one kind word you gave.
Drop a word of cheer and kindness, in a minute you forget,
But there is gladness still a-swelling, and there’s joy a-circling yet.
For you’ve rolled a wave of comfort, whose sweet music can be heard, over miles and miles of water all around the world, by just dropping… One Kind Word