"Psst . . . You're Making a Bigger Difference Than You Know"
If you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded (Matthew 10:42).
If you give even a cup of . . .
patience to a cranky toddler.
kindness to a challenging coworker.
hope to a struggling stranger.
peace to a conflicted family.
joy to a discouraged friend.
When we offer "a cup of cold water" we're choosing to refresh others, which often matters far more than we know. My husband and I realized this in a new way when we recently watched a documentary on deserts. The commentator shared how even a few drops of water can mean life or death for the creatures who live there. When our hearts are dry, when our souls are parched, the same can be true for us.
And miraculous things happen when water arrives in a desert. Seeds buried for many seasons burst through the ground and into bloom. Insect eggs dormant for decades suddenly hatch. There's new hope and growth everywhere.
Jesus said, "Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow within them.' By this he meant the Spirit" (John 7:38). This is good news for us: We are not the source. We are not the supplier. We are simply the server. We pour out what God pours into us. Then He fills us up again.
What may seem small can make a big difference. One cup of living water can refresh a heart. One cup can save a life. One cup can even change the world.