You are on purpose.

Have you ever watched a brilliant movie on a perfect night?  You know, the kind of movie that makes you laugh, cry, and maybe even reconsider life as you know it?  The kind of deep, moving film that makes you feel a certain way, that maybe you never felt before, and that feeling stays with you for a few days?  Or maybe makes you think thoughts you’ve never had before, and opens your mind up to new ideas you never thought of.

One of the things that’s amazing to me about a really great film is how much care is put into how it’s made.  Every color is picked for a reason, every piece of music is carefully arranged, every moment is planned out and prepared for, then edited shot by shot down to the very frame.

Film is shot and projected at approximately 24 frames per second.  That means that there are about 1440 frames, or individual still photographs, in about a minute of film.  In a two hour film, there are about 172,800 frames that will flick past, one after the other, so quickly that you don’t even realize each one is a separate still image.

And yet every single frame is put there by the film-maker with an express purpose.  Every frame helps set the pace, heighten the emotion, and lead us to the conclusion.
Each person is like a frame in that movie, put there for a reason.  You have a moment in time that God has assigned to you, just you, and that time is now.  You have a purpose in life, and if you love Jesus, He will work that out in you more beautifully and powerfully than you can imagine.

Using social media to share the gospel

I just did a google search this morning to learn what’s being taught to Christians on how to use social media to share the gospel.

Here’s what I searched for.

“using social media to share the gospel”

It was surprising to me that the number of pages related to a Christian sharing their faith online was very small compared to the very high number of Mormon articles, so I’m doing my part to tip the scales the other way. This will not be a technical manual of how to use social media. Rather, it’s an encouragement to the Christian who has some hesitation about sharing their faith, online or otherwise.

Recently I’ve been working for a company that makes life-saving pharmaceutical products. My role is to make training videos to help new employees and others understand the science behind the processes in their factory. I admire their company culture, and take pride in the fact that my work plays a very small part in their much larger effort to save lives around the world.

One day I was thinking about it — my work saves lives — and had to stop for a moment because I realized something. No matter how amazing a medication is, it’s not enough. A person’s life span can be extended from 30 years to 80 years, but there’s no drug that can stave off death forever. Our power against death is feeble at best.

If a medication was created that prevented us from death, how much more would we want to share that with the world? Would we be embarrassed to work for the company that manufactures such a drug? I’d be scrambling to be first in line to help in whatever way I possibly could!

And yet we as Christians are often silent.

The gospel is earth-shattering in that Jesus died, was dead for three days after being horrifically beaten, stabbed, and tortured, and then returned to life, removed the stone from his grave, and walked the earth again with more power and health than he’d had before his death.

We get hung up on the cross, wallow in the torture and pain, fast for Lent, and forget to tell the world that Jesus is not dead, He’s alive, and not only is He alive, but He has promised life — eternal life — to those who believe and follow Him.

If we believe Jesus did this, what could possibly keep us from sharing that in every way possible?

Including social media.

Nope, I’m not awesome.

The truth is, I think I am awesome.  But I am not awesome.

Someone wiser than me recently explained to me that there are two extreme attitudes we can have in life.  This is my ultra-simple paraphrase.

1) We are awesome.  Everyone owes us.

2) We are not awesome.  We owe everyone.

There’s a famous Bible verse that reads “The first shall be last, and the last shall be first”.  Jesus lived that way, stooping so low as to wash his disciples feet.

I’m not like Jesus.  I don’t think I would be comfortable washing my wife’s feet.  I expect her to pick up my laundry.  I don’t always remember to take out the trash or fill up the dishwasher.

Even in writing this post, I think I’m awesome.  But I’m not awesome.  I really don’t want to wash someone’s stinky feet.  I just want to be comfortable in my own little world where everyone owes me.  That’s why I’m not awesome.

God’s working on that.