“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.” — Robert Collier, American author (1885-1950)

Can you imagine feeding 5,000 people? That was the task facing the disciples over 2,000 years ago. It was a huge crowd who had come to see Jesus but they were hungry, physically hungry. His disciples didn’t know what to do, and they asked Jesus if He would send them away, but His reply was: “You feed them.” You can read the passage for yourself in Matthew 14:13-21 to find out how the disciples fed over 5,000 people that day.

It’s a passage, and a turn of phrase, that has stuck in my head and resonated with me over the years: “You feed them.

Can you imagine how I was thinking when I was told that as part of the FoodShare programme that had developed over the previous few years, we were going to feed 5,000 people? What? How? When? Where? And many other questions and challenges to overcome, but still that over-riding voice resonating in my head: “You feed them.

And we did. We fed around 5,000 people. We provided 5,000 meals over a 10-week period, and not only that, we delivered them door to door. How did we do it? One day at a time, two cooks at a time, five days a week, for ten weeks. Simple!

“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.

It certainly was for us. We just did what we could, small efforts really, day in and day out, five days a week over a ten-week period. 

What will you achieve? What will be your success? Because to reach our goals, whatever they may be, all we must do is put in a small effort and repeat it day in and day out, until one day … success. 

Coming soon – #WednesdayWisdom booklet, with a collection of quotes.