This is a facinating area which has really been on my heart this week ... for a few reasons ... take a read at the reflection below ...
“Do you know what’s in a bottle of washing-up liquid?” asks Caroline Gilmour-White, a SAMS partner.
“At a training day in an urban church in Asuncion, Paraguay, we saw the following ingredients being added:
“The government programme DEAG, a bit like the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, uses every opportunity to share their trained knowledge to improve people’s lives or economic situations. We had sewing in the morning and detergent making in the afternoon. The day was a hit with everybody. Our prayer is that lots of people take initiative and start mixing, bottling and selling. Everyone uses detergent and the supermarket quality is often not as good as homemade. People can boost their incomes very easily by selling door to door.”
- Caustic soda
- Sulphuric acid
- Trietanaloamina - an ingredient that softens and/or lubricates the skin
Reflect on how God can use even small things to bring transformation to people and societies. Where have you seen God at work in the small things?
Lord, great things grow from small beginnings.
Trees from tiny seeds. New quality of life from a small business venture.
Faith in Christ from a word shared or kindness performed.
The Kingdom of God from shoots of faith
Lord, please - give us vision and give us faith.
RF - For me this is crucial ... whilst we in Blarney are not called to make and sell washing up liquid ... the small things we do for the Kingdom do not go un-noticed... This monring I drove up to the church gates and out of the corner of my eye ... I saw a card sitting on a seat at the church gate, covered in plastic and addressed to "whoever finds it" ... I have no idea who put it there ... but I opened it and found inside a letter reminding me that I am special and some other encouraging words. After resealing it and leaving it there its great.
I wonder who put it there? it doesn't matter ... but it is my prayer that whoever else sits and reads it will be encouraged in whatever they face today.
Small things ... we have no idea what effects they will have in the greater scheme of things.
What small things will you do today ... to help, to encourage