If you spill a teaspoon of instant coffee, it becomes a half-pound on the floor. I should know, because this is how I began my morning.
Who knew that one small teaspoon could cover ten square feet? Of course, I had to spill it beside the cabinet, so the granules scattered and stuck to every crook and cranny of the space. Two vacuumings and one sweep later, I began to feel like I had collected most of the spill. But I know that in the days to come I will keep finding a granule here and a granule there, and six months from now (don’t judge) when I move the refrigerator, there will probably be a thriving coffee colony.
Little action. Big ramifications.
As I attempted the cleanup I thought, “This is how my actions multiply”.
I love it when a good deed bears fruit and I see the positive ripples in those around me. That is cause for rejoicing.
However, the unkind actions and harsh words also bear fruit. They multiply into hurt feelings and grudges. They set up housekeeping in the hearts of others and continue to lodge there for moments, or weeks, or years. The action or reaction of a moment — NOT easy to clean up.
I am going to be more careful with my teaspoons of coffee. May God help me be careful with my words and actions as well.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
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