Make Waves

Written by Jaclyn Heeke

“What is your purpose?”

“That is a GREAT question! I’ve never thought about that.” …said no one ever.

We’ve probably all asked ourselves this no-right-answer question at some point. While it seems very intimidating, it still feels very necessary to think about, doesn’t it? Because for most of us, we want to make a difference in the short time we’re given on this earth. But what can we do to make our lives more meaningful and have more purpose, to fulfill God’s purpose of creating us? That is a great question!

This year our VBS theme at Wesley Chapel is “Make Waves.” The tagline of the curriculum is “What you do today can change the world around you.” Looking at it as a daily action, not some immense lofty goal, makes it a little less intimidating to think about – for children and adults alike. We can do something today that has purpose, and that seems much more achievable! There are Christians who are called to step out in faith in big far-reaching ways, but what if you’re not one of them? We can make our own waves in this world with our everyday actions right where we are.

In 2014, I attended a 72-hour Christian experience. At the end of the weekend, I was asked what I was going to do with everything I had learned and experienced. I didn’t get much sleep that weekend. My eyes (and heart) had been opened in so many ways, and a lot of the weekend truly is a blur. However, I will never forget how I chose to answer this question in front of the audience (many whom I’d never met, or had just recently met). I said, with total confidence, “I’m going to be the light.”

Since that weekend 8 years ago, I’ve made it my purpose to be available and welcoming, encouraging and patient, prayerful and kind to family, friends, church and community. Modeling this behavior, which I’m not always perfect at, to those around me every day helps show the love of Christ to others. While I still have some work to do in sharing the gospel with people, platforms like the 72-hour weekends, this blog-writing opportunity, leading and serving at Wesley Chapel all help me continue to grow in my faith, which helps me grow in my confidence to share the Good News with others…daily.

What are some ways you are making (big or small) waves today that will change the world around you?

One Response to “Make Waves”

  1. Nice read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he just bought me lunch as I found it for him smile Therefore let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

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