Have you ever asked yourself, “Do I matter?” or “What difference does it make that I am here?” The universe is so big, and the world seems so crazy, that it’s easy to question your own significance. But, be careful with that line of questioning. To question your own significance is to, on some level, deny your significance. The truth? You are significant, and you do matter. Furthermore, because you do matter, what you do matters and has a significant impact. The impact you make occurs even when you can’t detect it.
When, in 1963, Edward Lorenze presented his hypothesis to the Academy of Science in New York, he was literally laughed out of the conference. Lorenze’s idea was simple, in fact, too simple to believe. It stated that:
A butterfly could flap its wings and set molecules of air in motion, which would move other molecules of air, in turn moving more molecules of air-eventually capable of starting a hurricane on the other side of the planet. He called it the Butterfly Effect.
Even now, fifty years later, the notion seems a bit farfetched. Nonetheless, thirty years after Lorenze’s hypothesis, a team of science professors calculated that the Butterfly
Effect was accurate. Just because something seems unlikely doesn’t make it untrue.
When in those times you feel most insignificant, remember the Butterfly’s wings. Your Creator has given you a set of wings too. You have the ability to set off a chain reaction resulting in greatness. This greatness can only be caused by flapping your wings. Keep flapping, even when you think nothing is happening. Though you can’t see it yet, you are causing something. It is impossible to move without causing something else to move–like molecules. Today, move the world with your wings, and watch it move with your faith.
Anything is possible,
Darin M. Sanders, M.Div.