gain more attention than the little streams that create them. You
can name the great rivers of the world, but you cannot name their
tributaries. However, without the tributaries, there would be no
river. And it must be remembered that the smaller streams, while
less well-known, are purer and are found on a higher elevation. Some
of our lives are tributary lives. It is our role to provide the pure
water from the higher elevation that enables another to be a mighty
river of power and influence.
J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.