December 11, 2017

The Ripple

Final Ripple

What is the ripple effect? defines it as: a spreading effect or series of consequences caused by a single action or event.

You have a ripple effect. It is either positive or negative. Your actions, what you say, how you treat people have a ripple effect to those around you and maybe even farther.

Picture throwing a pebble into a pond. The ripples from the pebble scare a duck away and the falling pebble scares fish away. You are connected to the actions that pebble caused, intentional or unintentional.

A fun example of this is in Back To The Future. Most people have seen the movie. Remember when Marty was in the past and he got in between his parents meeting and falling in love at the high school dance? Marty carried a photo with him of his family. Because of his interference, himself and his siblings were starting to dissolve out of the picture because they would cease to exist if Marty’s parents failed to get together.

Maybe you get to work one day and you have a co-worker who is having a bad day. Maybe you buy them lunch or tell them about the great job they are doing. Now when this co-worker gets home from a GOOD day at work they give their spouse a kiss and have an enjoyable supper with the kids. They spend some happy time with the kids and everybody goes to bed soundly and content. What happens if this co-worker has a bad day all day at work? Maybe they get home, snap at their spouse, have a beverage, and ignore the kids. Supper is miserable, the kids go to bed upset and don’t sleep well and are cranky the next day. Their spouse turns a cold shoulder and goes to bed early. What a difference a positive ripple can make!

Has somebody’s positive ripple reached you? We would like to hear about it. We would like to share your story to let people know of all the good things people do for us. Please use first names only. Go to the contact us page to submit a story or email us  at  Once a month we will select a story and send a half a dozen roses to that person. We will contact you for the recipients information. This person does NOT have to be local. Send us your ripple story. We are excited to hear about it!

Want a t-shirt with The Ripple logo? All proceeds from t-shirt sales will go to Mercy Ministries. Go to to see the awesome ripple they have created that will affect many generations to come.

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