The impact of the few

10417625_10153108566528797_8732327134867155637_nToday I watched more than 500 people come together to worship under a tent in a field.

The group was there to celebrate the groundbreaking of a the new building they hope to complete in the next year because frankly their current one is bursting at the seams.

But that hasn’t always been true.

As the service went on I learned the church began in 1946 with 22 members. The only living member from that group was present for the service and told me he could vividly remember a time when the building didn’t even have electricity. Sunday School, he said, was his favorite part of church in those days.

From 22 people in a tiny white building with no electricity to more than 500 people anxiously awaiting a state-of-the-art facility.

“It’s been quite a journey,” he told me.

But honestly, hasn’t that always been the case?

The church started with 12 dudes who were completely unqualified, yet completely dedicated.

Today WalMart is closed one day a year — Christmas.

“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” Peter said.

“On this rock I shall build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it,” Jesus replied.

That truth, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, allowed 12 men to change the world. It also allowed 22 people to start a church that would grow to more than 500 members and touch the lives of countless others.

It’s easy to feel small in a world so big. It’s easy to feel like what we do is insignificant and our actions have no impact.

But if our actions are focused on that truth, that rock, their impact can be freaking huge.

Or at least, that’s what the record shows.




About travman44

I work as a reporter for a newspaper in southwest Virginia. I play as a writer specializing in deep thoughts on shallow, and occasionally not so shallow, subjects. I'm also a former history teacher, bible college alum, and lover of the NBA and kids' breakfast cereals. It's a delicate blend. -- @TravisKWilliams on Twitter
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