Just like the domino effect

By Lanell Stuart
Special to The PREVIEW

Remember when we were kids, we liked to take a stack of dominoes and line them up in a row, making them curve around first one way then the other? Then we only slightly nudged the first one and watched the chain reaction. One by one they all came tumbling down.

Like the woman at the well: John 4:7-26. Jesus was thirsty and came to the well of Jacob in the town of Sychar in Samaria. There He met a woman whom He asked for a drink. She asked him, why do you ask me a Samaritan woman, for Jews did not associate with Samaritans, much less a woman. Jesus asked her if she wanted living water.

Then she asked Him, “Where can you get this water?”

He answered, “I who speak to you am he.”

She went into the city and told about Jesus testimony. John 4:39 tells that “Many of the Samaritans from the town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony …”

Like the woman at the well who learned to love Jesus, she was so excited to have a new life. She had such a new hope that she went straightway to tell her neighbors that there was a man who knows all about her and loves her anyway. She was one person who told another, then another came out of their house to tell another. Just like the domino effect.

This woman’s testimony had a domino effect, because she knew the Lord. Please know that whatever talent you have goes further to touch others for the kingdom of God.

How wonderful it must have been to meet Him face to face. How wonderful to share with another the word of Jesus. How wonderful to lead another into a simple step of faith of relying on the one who can change your whole lifestyle.

When we love Jesus, we want the world to know how wonderful He is. We start with telling one person and they tell someone else. Before we know it we have a domino effect.

Life is like setting up dominoes, one experience leads to another. We make goals to live our life for others. We may choose to write about the precious moments we spend with Christ. We may choose to be a public speaker to share details of our life so others may benefit from our experiences. We may choose sharing with other people, our ability to cook or sew by giving to them some of the rewards of our patient industry.

What can begin as a simple conversation, can become an important instrument to lead another to the Christian way of life: A way that leads to a peace in our hearts, a way to understand that we are not alone. Christ can give a hope and a future that passes all understanding.

Then we can rejoice in the word of God that a new life has turned to Christ. We can rejoice with the apostle Paul when he said to the Philippians, “Rejoice in the Lord, always and again I say rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4 KJV)

Like the domino effect, we can build intricate designs winding our way in and of people’s lives. Building relationships by choosing our words in a positive manner and to react positively to other people’s words; building relationships to share the word of God as soon as we learn something new from our study of it. Each word we speak can become embedded in the memories of each one we reach, thereby having a domino effect.

“Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I ever did.’” (John 4:39 (NIV).

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This story was posted on April 24, 2014.