Lessons from the Bread-maker

What mountain do you face today that seems just too insurmountable?

How small do you feel when you begin to climb that mountain? Tsang Yin Hung, a 45 year old has just this week become the fastest woman to climb Mount Everest (29,031.69 feet). She did it in 25 hours and 50 minutes!.

Maybe you think such big exploits are now for yesteryear? Arthur Muir climbed Everest last Sunday. He is 75yrs!

Perhaps you are thinking that what is against you is too strong? Mr Zhang reached the top of Everest on the 24th May 2021. He is blind!

Don’t give up today. Too often we might appear small, just like Jesus’ first disciples. Yet look at where the gospel has expanded, across the whole world!

How can this be? It is found in the lessons of the bread-maker.

He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” (Matthew 13 v 33)

  1. Have faith in the small. Take the yeast. It’s small but it can actually be hugely significant. A smile. A touch. A word of encouragement. A box of chocolates. Small maybe. But each and every small act of kindness can change a person’s day.
  2. Surround yourself with what is larger. Engage it with the larger proponent, the flour. Yeast on its own will do nothing. As Christians we have to be in the world to change our world. Attempt what is bigger than you.
  3. Don’t stress about being seen. As opposed to the mustard seed the yeast continues to remain hidden. It never surfaces nor does it grow into something else. It remains as an influence to the whole and it is what surrounds it that changes.
  4. Keep going. Don’t give up. Keep mixing until a dough is created. If you remain committed to the cause then you will soon move into a phase of readiness. The dough ready to be baked.

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