Making Waves

I’m sure you have heard phrases with that interesting word picture of “Making Waves.” Sometimes these words are used as an accusation – “you sure are making a lot of waves,” or as a warning – “now don’t you go making waves,” with the intent to challenge us to not instigate or contribute to the intensity of some event, interaction, meeting or relationship. The notion behind these statements is that just like throwing a stone into a pond makes waves, we can add to the turbulence or mess up the calmness of a situation by interjecting words and action. The truth is our words and action can be a negative influence, and we can contribute to storms in others lives. So we are encouraged…

Ephesians 4:29   29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Our words and actions can make negative waves in people’s lives, but they can also be positive waves, a positive influence…words and actions that build others up. Each of us can think of people who have been that positive influence in our lives; an affirming parent, an understanding friend, a helpful boss, a challenging coach, a sensitive co-worker, a patient teacher, a giving family member, and the list goes on. God uses willing ‘wave makers’ to influence our lives to bring out our best, see our potential, grow deeper in our relationship with God, fulfill God’s unique call on our lives, and be the kind of person God want us to be.

I could talk about how to be more positively influenced by these godly wave makers, but I want to challenge you to think about how God might use you to be a positive influence in your world. In studying for this Sunday’s sermon I came across this verse:

2 Corinthians 2:15  15 For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those  who are perishing.

An aroma is the wonderful smell of the real thing. Like the aroma of freshly baked cookies (chocolate chip of course), or baked bread, or that sweet orange, or a barbequed steak with a garlic rub. The smell creates in us a desire to have the real thing; you just have to have a taste. The challenge here is to be such a great fragrance of Jesus that people want the real thing, to be such a great wave (words and actions) of the grace and love and kindness and mercy and goodness of Jesus that people want the real thing.

So what kind of wave maker are you? Do you create more turmoil, or do your words and actions cause people to want more of Jesus? Why not try in the next few days to make some positive waves and affirm someone, pray for someone, bless a person with an unexpected gift, find a way to be kind to someone, write a note of appreciation to someone, listen to someone’s story, or some other creative idea. It will make an impact.

Have a great weekend. God loves you deeply.

Mike

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