Blessed… A Little Goes A Long Way

He told another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and planted in his field.  It’s the smallest of all seeds. But when it’s grown, it’s the largest of all vegetable plants. It becomes a tree so that the birds in the sky come and nest in its branches” (Matthew 13:31-32, Common English Bible).

Every once in a while I catch the television magazine show, Texas Country Reporter. I really enjoy the show and wish I could watch it more often than it seems I can see it. Something else often gets in the way.

This past Saturday, as it turns out, was a day I was able to watch the show. I saw a feature on a jewelry designer named Marcie Finney Ditto of Ft. Worth. In recent years, her jewelry she designs has featured mustard seeds. Though she did not say this, I thought, “from something small comes something that thrives.” Without question Marcie is not the biggest jewelry manufacturer in the world. She isn’t even the biggest in Texas, nor does she want to be. She is, however building something faithful for the future for both herself and her family, from mustard seeds.

Jesus compares the mustard seed to the Kingdom of Heaven. The seed is small but from it grows a great tree, big enough that birds can build nests.

Our faith is like that. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to see great results. Jesus says that faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains. It absolutely can change lives.

I think most of us have heard stories of people checking into hotel rooms whose lives are in shambles, some even have plans of suicide. They pick up the Gideon Bible in the room and begin reading and it changes everything for them. The Gideons placed the Bible in the room in hopes that it might change someone’s life. They planted a mustard seed. It grew and made a difference.

For years now, when someone comes into my church seeking help, they, more often than not get help. They also leave with a Bible. What good is meeting the physical need if the spiritual life remains undernourished. I can’t solve every problem, but I can at least address that problem.

For Marcie Finney Ditto, the mustard seed goes beyond being part of her jewelry. It is something she takes very seriously. Every piece of jewelry goes to the customer in a velvet bag. Inside the bag is a card along with what Marcie calls seed money. She places two one dollar bills inside the bag with the instructions to use the money to perform a random act of kindness. It might be to buy someone a bottle of cold water or help that person who is just a little short of a needed gasoline purchase. The what isn’t as important as the action. What Marci is doing is taking mustard seeds, two one dollar bills, and planting them in the hands of her customers who in turn plant them in the world. I think it might just be turning into something very special and far bigger than a simple seed.

How are you planting mustard seeds, seeds of faith in the world?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy, Peace and Thanksgiving,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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