Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas: Small things, big things and an experiment/invitation

First, have you heard about the Candy Bomber?  Gail Halverson was a soldier helping deliver flour and other staples to the West Germans after World War II had ended.  To keep the story short, he shared the two pieces of gum he had with a group of children, who tore the wrappers into strips and passed them around to let all the children enjoy smelling the minty smell.  That led him down a path that ended with the dropping of tons (literally) candy to West German children.  His father had told him that from small things, big things can happen.  Those two pieces of gum led to a change in the feelings of the West German people toward the US  troops and gave hope to a generation of children.

Second, on the back of the December New Era is a quote:
"Please accept this conference invitation.  We are simply asking all members to pray, knowing that if every member, young and old, will reach out to just "one" between now and Christmas, millions will feel the love of the Lord Jesus Christ.  And what a wonderful gift to the Savior."  Elder Ballard, Oct 2013 conference.

Thinking about these two things, I would like to try it out.  I wonder if our reaching out to to just one person, to help them feel the love of the Lord could lead to big things.  A few smiles, a few kind words, a few hugs or acts of service.  Could it be as awesome as a giant domino thingy falling?   Of course these small things can take time to grow into something big.  You might not actually get to see what develops,  but that isn't the point , I guess.

So, if you are interested, try this with me.  Pray about someone you can help feel the love of the Savior, and then follow through on the  prompting you receive.  Write down what you did in your journal. Or don't if you have a thing about journals. Then all together we will have done something big!

1 comment:

Lynn said...

Invitation/experiment gladly accepted!

Merry Christmas!