I love performing.
The audience, the clapping, the smiles, the laughter, the stark silence during a heart-felt song, all of it. I think of things I can say and do to connect with my audience, and leave them remembering moments with me. People always remember moments. They may not remember the title of a certain song I sang, or what I was wearing that day, or sometimes even my name, but they remember the way that I made them feel.
That’s the goal-creating moments that others remember with our lives, actions and words.
We’ve been doing a study on Ephesians at my local church, and every week we are challenged to take a step further into mature Christianity by thinking, speaking and acting more and more like the people God has redeemed us to be in Christ. That means speaking life, not death with our words, thinking pure and true thoughts towards others, giving them the benefit of the doubt, and sharing love in Christ with those we meet daily.
I have a lot of respect Pastor Shawn. Every Sunday during this sermon series he has been like an open book to those who listen, who, like me, are certain that the mirror he holds to himself is held by us as well, reflecting back the truth into our own faces. We are the same as he.
Shawn knows that we are capable of great things. Small things over time add up to big things, you know. Don’t lock yourself into thinking that you have to “move a mountain” in front of someone in order for them to believe in the God you represent.
Remember Jesus? He turned a little boy’s simple lunch of fish and bread into enough food to feed thousands…but what happened after that? The throng of people began to follow Him not for Who He was as God, but to see if he would make them more food…like a God buffet or something. When they learned that Jesus was about far more than filling their stomachs, they turned away from Him and left.
John 6:66- “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the twelve. Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
His close disciples saw Jesus in an everyday setting being the everyday Jesus. He was a servant to them. He did so many small and great things alike in their view, but really, they followed Him because of the example of Who He was, not just what He could do.
Jesus created great moments with people. The twelve, and the others who were close to Jesus, and the ladies that went with them and provided for them were impacted by those moments. They knew Jesus was God because of them.
So, today, create “God Moments” for others to walk into. You are the song, the light, and the spot of laughter that can change someone’s day. Be the everyday you that you were meant to be in God. Watch what happens in the lives of those around you. True, God doesn’t love you because of the things you do for Him, but He loves it when you do those things for Him, and for others.
Be the light. Be the song someone can’t forget.
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