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Topic: Achievement (03/08/12)
TITLE: Like A Pebble
By Darlene Edmondson
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A small pebble expressed dissatisfaction with his life. “Oh, I wish I were a gigantic rock. I want to be impressive and accomplish something big.”
“Papa, I’m just a tiny stone. Will I be significant or useful to anyone? Will I grow to be a huge boulder like you and do important things?”
“No,” his papa fondly answered, “you will always be a wee pebble. My dear son, please take heart and don’t despair. Someday you will do something awesome. Always remember, even though you’re little, you have great worth!”
A few days later, the small pebble saw a massive giant beating a young boy. The giant’s tremendous foot was embedded in his tender throat. The boy was turning blue and dying from suffocation. “I must do something or the boy will surely die.” Thinking quickly, he lodged himself in the giant’s shoe.
The giant began squirming and twisting his foot to relieve the nagging irritant. He attempted repositioning the stone to find comfort, but it didn’t work. He needed to remove his shoe to get rid of the irksome stone.
Finally, the giant reached down, took off his shoe, and removed the pebble. This gave the frightened boy enough time to free himself and run away.
“I did it! I saved a boy’s life!” His papa would be proud. His papa was right. Little things can achieve greatness!
Like a pebble-- a widow’s mite, a shepherd boy’s sling and stone, a grain of mustard seed, a pearl of great price: simple and small items can be used for a higher purpose. God’s fullness flows through the tiniest channel.
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (Phil 4:13 NLT).
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