hourglassGive something enough time and it will eventually be different. For example, if you have an extremely slow hourglass, eventually, the sand, even if it is dropping one grain of sand at a time, will grow to a small bump. It will accumulate and collect.

I’ve always loved the story of the poor farm boy who went to the king of where he lived and asked him for food. The king asked the boy how much rice he would need. The boy only asked for one grain of rice. The king gave it to him, mouth hanging open, and the boy returned home.

The next day, the boy asked for two grains of rice. He asked the king that, for the next 30 days he would like his rice deposit to double each day. The king agreed, wondering how this boy could possibly survive on such meager charity.

So, the third day he got four grains of rice. The king felt bad for the poor boy but the boy insisted that he keep doing this. The next day he got eight grains of rice. By the 10th day he was receiving 512 grains of rice. By the 20th day, the boy was receiving 524,288 grains of rice each day. And, by the 30th day, the boy received his final deposit of 130,195,456 grains of rice.

Because of the boy’s wisdom, the king ordered that the boy’s village receive a wagon-load of food each and every day for the rest of the boy’s life!

If we have the wisdom of that young boy, we would find that starting out small and adding to that, with enough time, can make something huge.

Imagine, if you started with a bit of encouragement. Encouragement is one of the most important parts to being a good leader. A leader cannot lead well if they do not have the heart that can encourage someone else.

Imagine if you started out today with a small word or act of encouragement.

Imagine if that small act multiplied the next day. . . and the next.

Imagine if you set off a chain reaction with just one word of encouragement.

Imagine if you were like that king and gave the first grain of rice to that little farm boy.

OK, enough imagining, get out there and do it!

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