Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The power of one.

A friend mentioned that sometimes people may feel overwhelmed by giant research goals like ours, meaning that someone may doubt that their $1 would do much good when we need so much. That's understandable. And one person may, indeed, wonder about his or her own isolated contribution. Luckily, we have mustard.

And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.

– Mark 4:30–2

One lil', ol' mustard seed ends up growing into something magnanimous. From little acorns grow mighty oaks. My little dollar combined with your little dollar combined with their little dollars ends up being something bigger than anyone of us could do on our own. One + one + one. We shooteth.

The point is not how large your actions but that you act at all.

Maybe it's a coincidence or maybe it isn't that we could quite possibly be in the midst of the butterfly effect, like It's a Wonderful Life, where just a tiny reverberation impacts with sweeping scope. Maybe we're in our own Bedford Falls. And maybe we have an angel to remind us that you matter.

And you can grow this mustard with your words, too. Tell someone what you're doing with the Kyrie Foundation. Put it on your resume. On your blog. On your person. One + one + one.

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