Imagine you were to take an ordinary piece of paper and fold it once, twice, three times–fifty times. This is actually impossible because before long the paper will be so small you can’t keep folding it. Still, imagine you could. How thick do you think the resulting piece of paper would be?

As thick as a big city phone book?

As tall as a refrigerator? That is what my son thought.

The correct answer is roughly the distance from the earth to the sun. This is the power of multiplication.

Can’t believe it? Imagine this. Suppose I am right. How thick would the stack of paper be if we folded it fifty-one times? Roughly the distance from the earth to the sun and back, right? This is the power of multiplication. This is why I am enamored by small things. “Who has despised the day of small things?” (Zechariah 4:10). Not me, because I know that small things can lead to huge things.

This is the divinely ordained strategy modeled for us through the apostle Paul. Every teacher should aspire to say this to a member of his or her group:

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. (2 Tim. 2:2)