Tuesday, September 24, 2019
In A Nutshell
Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.
The area beneath our two bird feeders is, most times of the year, a haven for our backyard squirrels. However, as September wanes, we see fewer and fewer of our furry friends partaking of the feast we generously spread.
The reason? The acorns are ripening! Of course, any self-respecting squirrel would much prefer this seasonal delicacy to the hum-drum offering of sunflower and sundry seeds. The oak branches above our deck, it seems, are particularly rife with the coveted nuts; as the squirrels chow down, the debris from their gnawing soon litters the surface.
What a mess!
And what a surprise. These acorn shards and shells bounce onto the deck with alarming speed, emitting sharp, resounding snaps, crackles and pops that defy their minute stature. And don't let one hit you on the head. Ouch! Yes, I've been there and, regrettably, done that.
How can something so tiny create such ruckus upon landing?
I wonder . . .
Then I'm reminded of what I've written about here before that certainly bears repeating: You don't have to do big things to have a lasting impact on someone's life.
Small things, such as offering someone a cool drink, a smile, a kind word, can go a long, long way.
Because in a nutshell, it's not so much the gesture, but in whose name the gesture is made.
The powerful, life-changing name of Jesus.
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