I used to think that my actions didn't impact those around me ... (ha) and then I woke up.
There's a scene at the beginning of the movie, Drumline, where Dr. Lee approaches Devon Miles because his roommate was late for band practice. He asked Devon why he didn't wake him up, and Devon laughed and said, "I'm not his mother."
Dr. Lee then teaches the band the concept of unity or "one band one sound" by showing them that they are responsible for one another. But throughout the entire movie, Devon struggles with that concept.
When Devon finally lets go of his pride, he started to understand that the audience doesn't just see him performing, they see and hear one collective band.
I didn't know what to write about for this week's blog post, and then I woke up this morning with the words "one band one sound" on my mind.
When I was pledging my sorority in college, I was told that I would no longer just be Maggie. Watching eyes would always label be as Maggie in that sorority.
If I did something good, I would be referred to as Maggie in that sorority. If I made a mistake, I would be referred to as Maggie in that sorority.
My actions were no longer just my own.
"The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit." - 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
As Christians, we are called to operate in unity as one body — no matter what we look like or where we come from.
When people today say they're a Christian, it's like saying they eat chicken ... most people do. Many people identify with the Christian faith but haven't given their lives fully to God.
To the watching world, there's no difference between people who identify themselves as Christians and those who are born-again believers. It's up to us to be the difference.
We can be the difference by deciding what conversations we choose to have, by the things we choose to participate in, by the places we choose to go, and by the way we choose to represent ourselves.
What you do or don't do impacts the entire body of Christ. Your actions are no longer just your own.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." - Matthew 5:14-16
We are called to be the light of the world. You can't let your light shine if you look, walk, and talk just like everyone else. You have to be different. We have to be different.
There are many times in the past that I've failed to be the light of the world. There are times when I didn't act as a unified member of the body of Christ ... times when I could've been different, but I allowed my flesh to get in the way.
We may not be able to change the past, but we can always do better today. We are one body, one faith. Let's be the difference.
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You were born to do great things. Be the difference.