Impacting One Person So They Can Impact Many | Collab

You may be familiar with the poem I shared last week.

Poem | One Stone, Many Ripples

I wrote this because when Grace (Following Him Beside Still Waters) shared a dream with me, it really spoke to me. I debated between a poem or a post and decided on both.

Since sharing that poem, I see why the Lord had me do both. 

I was reached out to from fellow blogger Hayley, and she requested if she could transform the poem into a song. I was so excited because God has gifted her with talent, I immediately agreed. Within a few days, Hayley had it written.

Seriously, can’t stop listening to the song. Hearing Hayley sing the lines I wrote made me step back and look at how God has used my poetry. It’s like…an entirely new perspective has been given. What I write down is inspired by His hand, and I should never take that for granted.

In fact, I wrote a new poem that will come out this week…and it is one of the most powerful poems I’ve ever written. I’m holding deeply to this new perspective of drawing closer to God and being aware of His hand in the things I am talented in.

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Looking at how this started…

It started with one person sharing a dream. Which caused two people to collab on the same message, which caused me to be inspired to write a poem in addition, which inspired another to write a song from the poem.

Three people being affected to act, two collaborations created, all from one dream initially shared. All before today, which is the actual collab.

One may start…but many more, through the process, are created.

That’s the whole message and I had no idea how quickly the Lord would act within a week to demonstrate in action, for me, how that is a living truth He will use.

Speaking of what God will use…

There is one line in particular of the poem I want to discuss, as a friend pointed out how the line could be misunderstood.

“Without me, His plan would cease.” 

First and foremost, I am sorry if this line stumbled anyone.

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The Lord’s ultimate plan clearly is not determined by us. If we fall short, and if we choose ourselves over the Lord, I promise you, He will find someone else to carry out what He wants to happen. But the “initial” plan with that specific individual ceases. As I shared with my friend, I think King Saul is a perfect example. He was the initial plan, but he failed miserably. Therefore, God chose David, and through the seed of Jesse is where eventually we see Christ.

I want us all to know how special we are to the Lord. How incredible it is that He plans for us AT ALL to be a part of His plan. The hope that through Christ, maybe some plans do not go the way they should have, but through Jesus…we are told this,

(NIV) Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

Look at David, he wasn’t perfect. But God used him for His greater plan. David was active in his walk with the Lord, he was strengthened in weakness and guided. We can be, too. Falling on our knees, repenting, and daily giving Him our life, turning away from the flesh…we will see God do amazing things.

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What I’ve learned from the poem, the song, and Grace’s dream (please check it out) is God will use us… most of the time, for other people for His glory.

  • We may be the stepping stone to sharing the gospel with someone, but maybe someone else will be the one to led that person to Christ.
  • Maybe we inspire someone to create a Christian blog, and their blog takes off with thousands of more subscribers than us.
  • Maybe we create a ministry in our church, but it is decided for someone else to take over.

The scripture I covered for this week in 2 Samuel talks about how David is told he can no longer go out with the men in battle because he was almost killed. It is not always going to be about us being in charge of everything or always having the spotlight. We are not always going to play the “hero” role. David was the starting piece for many things. But he did not finish killing off Goliath’s brothers. He was not the one to build the Lord’s temple even though he greatly desired to do so.

When the Lord tells us and shows us that our plans and wishes are not what He wants for us, we have to learn to be okay with that.

We have to be okay that we may reach a few or even one when others reach many. Christian bloggers, you hear me 😉

There may be people we really want to reach or do things with, and God may use someone else. We might get jealous. We might get frustrated. But the Lord knows best, and we draw closer to the Lord in understanding through obedience. One day, we will see why things did not work out. One day we will see how God used it for His good.

Keep your eyes forward. Be thankful. Give glory to the Lord in all things.

Remember to check out Grace’s post Chosen | Dream Collab 2 

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22 thoughts on “Impacting One Person So They Can Impact Many | Collab

  1. So that example of starting s ministry and then someone else taking it over – the thought of having to go through that made me cringe inside! Great example to hit home the point being made, haha!

    As I was thinking about this post, a few verses come to mind – John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease,” 1 Corinthians 3:6-8, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.”

    What a beautiful thing it would be if we were focused only on the glory of God, and let go of any right to our own glory! To be completely satisfied as long as God is glorified! It is such an appealing thought to me, yet so hard to live out. My flesh wants me to get the credit for everything that I do – wants to make it all about me. But oh the joy of being lost in the glory of God and no longer carrying the burden of building up myself in the eyes of others!

    It also reminds me of something C. T. Studd once said, “God has called me to go, and I will go. I will blaze the trail though my grave may only become a stepping stone that younger men may follow.”

    By the way, your soft heart toward bringing up that line in your poem is so precious, and a blessing! The fact that you care enough about your readers to bring it up and point out something that might have gone unnoticed otherwise says a lot about your character and integrity. Your desire to speak with clarity and be sure that the things you say never confuse or trip up your readers unnecessarily shows how much you love us and realize some of the weight and responsibility that comes with something like this blog! God is forming you into a woman of valor and it shows through in things like this!

    Thanks for sharing this story. It’s so neat how God illustrated in real life the concept you were sharing! Seems He really wanted to get this idea across. ;D I can’t wait to watch the ripples He continues to create with your life as you focus loving Him and loving others! ❤️

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    1. Olivia, my heart is so warmed at your kindess! Wow, I don’t have words for my gratefulness.

      I wanted to try to target areas Christians might deal with and I know the ministry point was a God inspired thought. I didn’t even think of it as first, it occured to me a little later. I, too, relate. That one is a pretty convicting one.

      I’ve been trying to listen better. To not focus on my validation through others, desiring credit as you so rightly said!

      You’re right! There is a responsibility and accountability to my words on the blog and I want to do my best to direct others to Christ, especially with misunderstandings. Even if it is only potential, God has provided either friends to help me look at what I say, or He Himself will have me go over something deeper. I truly do not want others to be stumbled and I want all concerns to be discussed if possible. It’s a growing experience, sometimes not always easy. But praise the Lord, it always draws me closer to Him and hopefully it draws others to Him, too. 🙂

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      1. Aw, praise God! ❤️ You really did do fantastic with communicating your heart in this post, and I know it is the Lord who is giving you the ability to do that. Isn’t it amazing how much He cares?

        Love you, T.R.!

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  2. THIS IS SO GOOD! I absolutley love this. You are planting the seed to provide nourishment to a multitude of others! God is so good in this way. No matter how small one’s action may be, it creates a ripple effect. This post is such a lovely reminder! Blessings!

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      1. ❤ so glad you finally get a break! Things have been busy mainly writing and trying to organize. Lot of sickness with my family. A relative is dealing with cancer. The surgery was two days ago and it went well no problems!!! After a period of 4 to 6 weeks, to heal, radiation therapy starts. But the Lord has been so good ❤

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  3. I once heard a story, and I may not be getting this all right, but this is what I recall. A married couple were missionaries in a foreign country. The wife shared the gospel with a young man in the village. The woman missionary then died in childbirth and she was buried there, wherever that was. Her husband then took their child and went back to the USA (I think it was). Now the child is grown, and through a series of circumstances, which I am not remembering, she goes back to her place of birth, ends up meeting this young man, and finds out that after her mom died that he led his whole village to faith in Jesus Christ, and the whole village knew it was because of this woman missionary that they all came to faith in Jesus. But, from what I recall, she only led one person to Christ and then she died, but then he led many to faith in Jesus, who then led people to faith in Jesus, so with the one seed that she planted many believed in Jesus. So, we never know what God is going to do with even just one blog post and where he might send it and whose lives might be touched by it, and we may never know until we get to heaven.

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