The Art of Gradual Change


We live in an era of “big:” big data, big ideas, big impact. Yet changing the world is as it has always been-one small voice at a time. Mother Teresa said, “To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in.”

She understood the power of one voice speaking a message consistently and sincerely over time. Trust and impact are built that way.

Foundation House is working to change the world with our vision of opportunities for women trapped in poverty and welfare-dependency. Day by day, we work toward that goal.

And yet, we often get discouraged. Our ministry will probably never meet the needs of hundreds, much less thousands. At least not in this decade.

Hardened hearts are softened gently, over time, much like the constant stirring over low heat needed for the perfect cup of hot cocoa.

Too hot and the milk will scorch, not enough attention and the milk will curdle.

Mother Teresa also said “There are no great things. Only small things done with great love.”

Gradually, hearts are changed. Gradually we have impact. Day by day, it builds. Just because success is incremental doesn’t make it any less life changing.

Pray for us as we interview applicants, seek host families and mentors. Lives are not changed on a grand scale. One life is impacted slowly, patiently, over time. Just as the Lord has been working on you, crafting you slowly into the image of Christ. (see 2 Corinthians 3:18)

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