The Butterfly Effect Might Get You in 2016!

A New Year gives us opportunity to assess the past and look forward to the future.  As we do this, sometimes we get discouraged:  What impact is my life making?  That’s hard to measure because of the “Butterfly Effect.”


Today as you obey Christ and carry out His Will in your situation in the the little, ‘seemingly insignificant’ things, you might be creating impact far beyond your wildest dreams!  Consider that!

This illustration comes from John Shubert, Senior Financial Advisor for Newsmax, writing in his newlsetter, Alpha 15 Portfolio.

“I heard a great story the other day, apropos this week’s celebration of Martin Luther King Day.

In the early days of the post-communism era, when Boris Yeltsin assumed the presidency of the Russian Federation, he was asked, “Who inspired you?” His reply: Lech Walesa, the union worker and organizer who founded the anti-communism Solidarity movement in Poland and who ultimately became president of that country.

When Walesa had been asked who inspired him, he responded that it was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We, of course, all know the remarkable accomplishments of Dr. King — and when he was asked who inspired him, his answer was Rosa Parks, the African American woman who understood the intrinsic value of humanity and decided that enough was enough during a particularly difficult period of racial injustice.

Are we therefore able to deduce that Rosa Parks was responsible for the fall of communism? In truth, we’d be hard-put to suggest it were factually so. However, it’s an interesting question and relates well to the “Butterfly Effect” in chaos theory.

The Butterfly Effect is based on the concept that one small, seemingly inconsequential change or event at any moment in time (such as the effect of a single butterfly’s fluttering wings on weather patterns, or the impact on human rights when an intelligent, strong-willed woman refuses to sit in the back of a bus), can result in a much larger consequence in the future. A very small change in initial conditions can indeed create a different world.

Rosa Parks didn’t realize she’d impact the fall of communism when she decided to sit in her chosen seat in that bus.  Your conversation with someone today about Christ might be used of God to significantly impact the world through the life you touch!  Press on in 2016 doing the little things that make the big difference!



About Dave Grissen

David & Sheri Grissen spent 44 years in mission and humanitarian aid work. In 2003 they established Life Impact, a ministry of strengthening Christian workers in hosted centers, called Oases. Presently 12 Oases are functioning. In 2016 they started Fund The Ministry to help missionaries create new funding for their ministries. They have five married children and fifteen grandchildren.
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One Response to The Butterfly Effect Might Get You in 2016!

  1. Dave Lewis says:

    Great post, Dave. I love the hope and courage built into your admonition. We shall reap…if we do not grow weary. Press on my friend!

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