. . . can make a huge difference later!
Many years ago, the head of the department I worked in was talking to us about major long-term changes that we needed to make, and, frankly, the plan he explained sounded pretty overwhelming. But, he gave us an explanation for change that I have always remembered and that made the changes he wanted seem less intimidating.
He was a retired Captain in the Navy, so he naturally used a ship as his example.
He told us to envision a ship way out in the ocean that wants to change its destination from one far-away port to another. Even though the distance between the two ports themselves is thousands of miles, because the destinations are both so far away from the ship, the Captain doesn’t have to immediately order a hard turn in the direction of the new port. He only has to order that their course be altered by a few degrees. A small adjustment now that will ultimately change the destination by thousands of miles!
I thought that was such a great mental picture to explain how small changes in the way things are done now can make huge differences in the long term. And, it comes to mind when I am looking at a “huge” goal in my life, like weight loss or organization. If I change a few things about my eating habits today, I can achieve that 20 lb. weight loss. If I just pay a little more attention to keeping our household paperwork organized during the year, it will make a huge difference in how easy tax preparation is in April.
May God help each of us to see small changes that we can make today that will result in significant, God-pleasing changes in who we are in the future.