The Butterfly Effect

I know some of you have been pondering, maybe even musing, at my choice for the name of my blog. I’m really happy to share the meaning and reason for my choosing this as my blog’s title.

The butterfly effect was not my own invention, although I wish it was. It’s actually a scientific theory. In 1963, Scientist Edward Lorenz came up with the butterfly effect.

His theory is, as summarized by Andy Andrews in his book, “The Butterfly Effect” :


“A butterfly could flap its wings and set molecules of air in motion, which would move other molecules of air, in turn moving more molecules of air— eventually capable of starting a hurricane on the other side of the planet.”


The scientific community laughed at Lorenz. But, his theory was deemed accurate and is now called The Law of Sensitive Dependence Upon Initial Conditions. If you ask me, The Butterfly Effect, is easier to say and understand, but I guess scientists need to invent fancy names to sound smarter.

His theory doesn’t just refer to butterflies, but to people. In essence, one act, as simple as a flap of a butterfly’s wings, makes a difference of cosmic proportions.

“When you know that everything matters—that every move counts as much as any other—you will begin living a life of permanent purpose,” Andrews says, quoting a man he met.

I heard about the butterfly effect long before reading Andrews’ brief book, but reading it enforced and expanded my affinity for this theory.

The butterfly effect is a call to live a life of permanent purpose. Everything I do has a meaning and purpose. The lives I touch with each flap of my wings matter. If everyone lived life with this same determination the world would be a different place. God intended us to bring glory to Himself.

Andrews gives several examples of the butterfly effect applied in life. Because George Washington Carver, yep the peanut guy, took interest in Henry Wallace, the former vice president under Franklin D. Roosevelt, Wallace became interested in agriculture. He became the Secretary of Agriculture and later hired Norman Borlaug. In the 1940s, Borlaug hybridized high yield, disease resistant corn and wheat for arid climates. This saved two billion lives from famine.

The idea in Andrews’ book and for my blog is this:

“You have been created as one of a kind.
On the planet Earth, there has never been
one like you … and there never will be again.
Your spirit, your thoughts and feelings, your
ability to reason and act all exist in no one else.
The rarities that make you special are no
mere accident or quirk of fate.”

You have been created in order that you might
make a difference. You have within you the power to change

Of course the power comes from God and not ourselves. God has a specific mission for each of our lives. Don’t ever feel like where you’ve been placed is insignificant. You’ve been placed there for a time a season and a reason.

What is your butterfly effect?

Most likely, we won’t know that until we reach heaven. Until that day, let’s keeping flapping our wings.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson’ BookSneeze, I was provided with an electronic copy of Andy Andrews’ book, “The Butterfly Effect.” My thoughts and opinions are my own. I enjoyed and appreciated his book as it fits nicely with my blog.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lisa Lyons says:

    Wow, this is so cool, wish I’d read this when i was your age

  2. Jeff says:

    I remember studying Lorenz in college.

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