“Live your life in such a way that it demands an explanation!”
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That is one of my favorite quotes from college. One of the Missions professors would always state it before he began his lectures. It struck a chord with me…
Every year for the 4th of July my wife and I drive home to Illinois to spend the holiday with her family. It is always spent, weather permitting, playing croquet and bad-mitten, sitting on the screened-in porch, enjoying grill food, and water-skiing out on the lake. Usually we would spend the night of the 4th lighting off fireworks in the cul-de-sac outside the house or going to one of the surrounding cities to enjoy their show.
This year, however, was different. We had to leave before all the firework events began because I needed to be back in Ohio to lead worship the next morning. Our trip landed us just outside of Indianapolis at prime firework time. As we were driving toward, through, and out of the city we were on the edge of our seats. To the left, right, and front of us were all manner of exploding bursts of light in dazzling blues, greens, reds and whites.
As I drove away from the city it got me thinking. Does my life explode with love? Does the dynamic pressure of my actions cause people to stop and stare in amazement? Does it cause people to want what I have?
If you held a spark to the love that I possess would it sizzle out or would it explode with such force that it knocks people over?
Jesus had a way of doing that. He rocked the foundations of what people thought love was. He broke down barriers and caused the world to stop and stare, and over two thousands years later we are all still staring.
It has been three years since I graduated from Lincoln Christian University and I still use that quote. It makes me want to reflect Christ in everything I do so that people will see what love is. I want my life and love to spark into such a dynamic force that people demand an explanation.
Do your actions demand an explanation?