Musings

Making Ripples

Saturday morning reading.

Over the past couple of weeks my reading focus has been on theological issues and the book of Romans. So this morning for my Saturday morning reading, a change of pass.

I received a free copy of a book in the mail this week. You know the kind of book I’m referring to–the perfect 21th century North American short attention span book. A small hardback book that seems to have more pictures and pages than words.

Well this one is worth the read.51dmwhkhlzl_ss500_.jpg

Making Ripples by Mike Breaux

Basically Mike Breaux using his journey to encourage others to make a difference. I found it enjoyable, encouraging and motivational.

Two points.

First, the author reminds us that we are living in the “whatever” generation. That is, people have been taught and too many believe that they came from nothing, are going back to nothing, “So basically everything in between is just kind of, well, nothing.”

“If that is true, then there is no destiny; there is no purpose. And if there is no purpose, there is no truth. If there’s no truth, then there’s no right, there’s no wrong, and we all just kind of show up accidental-like and we float around on a breeze all the way through our lives. We make up the rules as we go.” (p. 18)

This leads to a “whatever” mentality to life.

And that’s where the second point comes in.

If we live among people whose world view is “whatever” and they face difficulties, their world view doesn’t have answer. But we do.

We should live our lives with the view to “wherever.”

This reminds me of the card that George Murray gives out regularly at missions conferences and that serves as the motto for the air force airlift wing.

Anything, Anywhere, Anytime–A great motto for a disciples of Jesus Christ

Breaux goes on to tell stories of people who have surrendered their lives to Christ and allow Him to use them to make an impact–Make Ripples in other peoples lives, with the intent that they to will make ripples. (Reminds me of the movie, “Pay it forward”)

Great reminder that everyday we come in contact with people. Am I making positive ripples? Am I encouraging those who need to be encouraged? Am I sharing the grace and love of God?

A passion for God, should naturally lead to a passion for people–lost, hurting, needy people.

Let’s go make ripples! And let’s share the stories of ripples made to continue to encourage each other that God is still working and moving and doing wonderful things.

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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