Minister’s Message: The power of small beginnings

Tiny accomplishments lead to mighty successes in all areas of life

By Rick Cupp

The largest of feats are sometimes accomplished by the smallest of beginnings and the youngest of children.

In the mid 1800s, there was only one way to cross from Niagara Falls, Ontario, into Niagara Falls, New York: by boat. The main boat used for the journey was the tourist vessel known as the Maid Of The Mist. It would travel right up to the edge of the Falls offering a glorious view and a sensational trip. But, of course, it was not a fast trip.

The two sides of the mighty Falls needed to be crossed by a train. That would transform the economies of both regions. But that would require a bridge some 825 feet long capable of supporting a train. Most considered that impossible. How would anyone ever even begin such a project? How could anyone stretch a line across the huge gorge?

One engineer, Charles Ellet, Jr., had an idea. After considering cannonballs and rockets he finally hit on his small beginning. He offered $5 to any kid who could successfully fly a kite across the gap. The kids came running! Many tried and failed but after several days one young boy did it. Ellet’s men then tied a slightly heavier line to the kite line and pulled it across. Then they pulled one heavier and heavier until a cable stretched the distance and became the start of the bridge.

In 1848 Ellet crossed the gorge in a basket, 250 feet above the river! Later he crossed in a horse and buggy. And in 1855, the first train made the trip.

The bridge had truly small beginnings and the help of one young boy.

Perhaps that reminds you of one of Jesus’ most astounding miracles. He sat on the mountainside, surrounded by a huge crowd of over 5,000 people who needed food. Jesus was able to feed everyone present when one young boy was willing to give his lunch, five little loaves of bread and two small fish, to be used by the power of God.

Never doubt the power of God and the power of small beginnings! Tiny accomplishments lead to mighty successes in all areas of life. And when you add in the unlimited power of God, there are, by definition, no limits.

You may consider your talents as little compared to what others possess. You may think of yourself as insignificant in the grand scheme of things. But do not let that stop you from doing good on every occasion. Always be ready to say an encouraging word. Always be ready to help a neighbor lift a heavy load. Keep a kind smile on your face in difficult situations.

Who can predict the good it will accomplish? Who can foresee the mighty plan of God that will be launched from your small beginning?

Fly your kite. Share your fish. And wait for great things.

Rick Cupp ministers at Kenai Fellowship. Sunday Bible class is at 10 a.m. Worship is at 11 a.m. and livestreamed onto Facebook. Go to

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