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“It was like putting one more petal on the float.”

A thought by Maria Goff (2017-03-07) from her book, Love Lives Here: FindingWhat You Need in a World Telling You What You Want (Kindle Location 920). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to to buy the book.)

So, do you want to make a difference for God today? 

Maria said, “When our kids were really young, we took them up to the place where the Rose Parade floats were being made a few days before the event. They didn’t know I had sat on top of one of the floats so many years earlier. It didn’t matter to them or to me. Each of the kids glued a petal or two on the float. You know what’s crazy? When each of the kids was done, they felt like they’d made the whole thing. They hadn’t, of course, but what they did do was contribute. Sure, what they had done was as small as one flower petal, yet it was huge to them. They were no longer spectators, they were participants. They were part of adding just a little bit to the beauty. It’s what we all can do if we choose to. We do it in our friendships, in our marriages, and we do it every time we find confidence in being who God made us uniquely to be.”

She goes on, “Most people I’ve met want to help others, but they don’t know where to start. I’m right in there with you. We all don’t need to do big things, but we can do equally important small things. The message of freedom from Jesus to His friends can be boiled down to this: We don’t need to build the whole float. Every morning, God gives us a reassuring nod. He lets us know He’s with us whether we blow up the balloon or tie the string, and He invites us to add just one more petal to what He’s doing in the world.”

So, where are those petals anyway?


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