Christmas time…celebrating a birth. The Christ child laid in a manger. The star showing the way. We all know the story, right? Hang on a minute and we will get to that very story.
Two weeks ago, I had a conversation with a good friend. It seems that every time we talk, something good comes from it. Thanks Nick!
One of the take-aways I had from the conversation was about influence.
We all have influence in our lives. Like a shadow covering the edge of the light, we don’t always see the influence we have on people. Why is that? Does God hide the influence so that we don’t see our total impact on people? Not really sure.
Imagine a stone. Now throw that stone into the water. What happens?
We have all seen it. The stone creates waves. Those waves are like influence.
Some thoughts of mine regarding the stone and the waves:
- The waves all originate at the place where the stone entered the water.
- The waves are uniform in size and shape going out from the stone.
- The waves will continue until they hit the land.
- The stone, after creating the waves, sinks.
- The waves, once began, cannot be stopped, only redirected.
- Bigger stones make bigger waves.
Let’s bring this together now.
We are the stone. At least that is the way I feel that God designed us. We were made to splash! Waves of influence are the destiny to which we have been called.
Will I let God toss me? Once I make that decision, God pulls back His mighty arm and lets go! Can you see Him throwing rocks?
Now that I have been thrown by God, my life is not my own. See Galatians 2:20.
Here is the catch, I am meant to sink. Rocks do not float.
I don’t mean sink as in fail. What I mean is that God uses a rock to create waves.
Waves equal influence.
Okay, back to the Christmas story. I want to recall a few “rocks” of historical note.
If you look in the waters of our history, you can still see waves radiating outward from these rocks.
God is using the influence of these rocks to impact you and me.
And it is about time we realize that we too, are making waves.
The choice is yours and mine to make. Let God throw you today!
Are you this one?
Or this one?