The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

For every action there is a reaction. Every cause has an effect, and every effect has a cause. Ravi Zacharias tells his story of lying on a hospital bed after attempting to take his own life as a teenager. One can imagine the sobriety of those moments, realizing that your attempt at suicide had failed and you had been given a second chance at life. While Ravi was lying there in his bed, a man walked in with a little pocket-sized New Testament and tried to hand it to him. “I couldn’t reach out because my body had been so dehydrated,” he said. So his mother reached for the Bible and said, “You really can’t stay here, my son is in critical condition.” “Ma’am,” he said, “Your son needs this more than anything else.” He then opened up to John chapter 14 where Jesus is talking to Thomas, and there in verse he says, “Because I live, so shall you live.” As Ravi prepared to leave the hospital five days later, the doctor looked at him and said, “You know, young man, we have given you your life back. But we cannot make you want to live.”

Fast forward to 2014. Ravi Zacharias is the president and founder of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM). In the past 42 years he has spoken all over the world, including at some of the world’s most prestigious universities, answering the difficult questions of life. He is one of the most important Christian apologists of the 21st century, and has written a handful of books on religion, philosophy, and apologetics. He has several doctoral degrees, and serves as a visiting scholar at Cambridge University. According to his biography page,

“Dr. Zacharias has direct contact with key leaders, senators, congressmen, and governors who consult him on an ongoing basis. He has addressed the Florida Legislature and the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast in Texas, and has twice spoken at the Annual Prayer Breakfast at the United Nations in New York, which marks the beginning of the UN General Assembly each year. As the 2008 Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer, he gave addresses at the White House, the Pentagon, and The Cannon House. He has had the privilege of addressing the National Prayer Breakfasts in the seats of government in Ottawa, Canada, and London, England, and speaking at the CIA in Washington, DC.”

In 2013, Ravi received a phone call from the man who had given him that little pocket-sized New Testament in the hospital. He was dying. “I wanted to fly out and visit him, but he wouldn’t let me,” he said. “No Ravi, it’s okay. I just wanted to let you know that sometimes I watch you on YouTube, and the tears run down my face, and I think to myself, the main reason God brought me into this world, was to bring that Bible to you.

The butterfly flaps its wings on one side of the world, and causes a tidal wave on the other. A mere drip of water in the ocean, and the ripples are carried off into infinity. There is no telling the impact that Ravi Zacharias has (and will have) had in our world today, and in the future. Reverse the ripples, and towards the center you have a man willing to be used by God to carry out the simple task of placing a Bible into the hands of a suicidal boy. The result of this simple action would crack the solid heart of a lost young man who wanted to end his life because of it’s seemingly purposelessness; it would introduce him to the Way, Truth, and the Life. The gospel would later be spread to some of the most difficult places in the world, and it all started with a drop…

Too often we live our lives waiting for the big moments. Yet, as Paul Tripp tells us, “Life is lived in the little moments.” Within each life, only a miniscule number of big moments will take place. Jobs, graduations, marriage, children, grandchildren, milestones etc. Very few, when compared to the amount of small moments we face every day. You do not realize the capacity you have for impacting those around you in the small moments. Make the most of them. Live for something greater than yourself.

Because I live, so shall you live.


3 thoughts on “The Butterfly Effect

  1. Great post and a fantastic perspective on the little and big moments in life. Very much needed to read this this morning. Thanks.


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