by: Nick Nelson
Right now I'm sitting in a Starbucks in Grand Rapids MI. My task list open, Bible out, next message notes open, and I am really enjoying the same drink I have ordered and consumed for the past 12 or so years (raspberry white mocha, stirred - [I'm waving two fingers in front of you], "you will try one" ;-)
This place is busy, as it normally is when we're in this part of the state. I am fortunate to be sitting at a small table. I'm surrounded by people and we're all making quite a bit of noise. I'm sure there are students here, studying hard. I'm sure there are business women and men, some of which are probably making more money while they sit here than I do in a month. For others, perhaps this moment is a treat. A $5 cup of goodness is rare and they are soaking it in. Some people are here just to enjoy each other's company...whether they do this once a week or once a year. Still, others are flying solo for the moment. Everyone is making noise doing something (almost forgot the noise of the coffee machines!).
My thought right now? We are all alive. The noise proves it. We all have an opportunity to contribute to the world around us. Your world...where you are at right now while reading this, is affected by what you are doing. It's affected by how you are living. It's changed by the thoughts you are thinking and the choices you are making. This world, your world, is impacted by the noise you make. This place we call home is altered by how you treat others, and treat yourself. The part you play matters.
Brian Houston (Global Pastor of Hillsong Church, based in Australia) said something that has been at the forefront of my world for a while: "The part you play is not greater than what you are part of". #truthistruth and there is a lot in that statement that has encouraged and challenged me. My "extra-shot of espresso" add-on: "Never doubt though, that the part you play can be what introduces others to what you're part of." The noise your faith makes, matters.
1 Peter 1:13 (NIV) says "Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed". Faith is active...it's demonstrated in our thoughts, actions, habits, speech, lifestyle and legacy we leave. You are alive. Your faith is alive. YOU CAN follow Jesus and actively pursue the reasons you are here for!