The Domino Effect 11.20.12

Let me start with my new favorite quote:

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Apple  Inc.

We could easily begin that quote with, “Here’s to New Life Church!”  I love living life with people who are crazy enough to believe their lives matter.  The ones who “get it” that we truly are the sum of our choices.

The sad truth is that most people severely underestimate the influence of one person.  The positive impact of one surrendered and submitted Christ follower can continue long after they take their last breath.

The best picture to illustrate this is that of a domino course.  An intricate maze of dominos set up with many paths and countless twists and turns.  It’s really amazing to watch when someone has taken the time to set up an impressive course.

Spiritually, the domino effect is a chain reaction that takes place when the choices of one person effects another person‘s life.  Just like the dominos, each person’s impact relies on the energy of the person before them.  It takes only one domino to start this reaction and it takes only one to stop it.

All of us are originally a part of someone else’s domino course.  God uses someone else’s life to impact ours and their choices push us towards greatness.  When we make our own decision to follow Christ, something happens that we don’t see coming.

It’s called the “Domino Effect.”  My simple little life has made a bigger impact than I ever saw coming.  I underestimated the power of my choices.  I didn’t realize how my obedience to Christ in the early years would impact those after me.

I was the only person I was thinking about when I surrendered my life.  I wanted a better future.  I wanted to go to heaven.  I needed God’s help to clean up the mess I had made with my life.  I’m not sure we could expect a moment like that not to be all about ourselves.  My point is all I was thinking about was how my life was going to be impacted.

When we get real serious about our relationship with Christ it’s almost as if God pulls our domino out of someone’s course and sets us at the beginning of our own.   As we continue to make decisions of “dying to self” we fall backwards into the arms of Christ and begin the domino effect in our story.

Let me ask a question that may seem unfair because you don’t know the answer yet.

“Who’s on the other side of your obedience?  How many?”  You just don’t know.  I have a feeling that even your best guess will have you thinking too small.

I believe this over my life, I believe it about our church, I believe it about our communities and I believe it about you as an individual.

Do you believe that about yourself? 

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Theresa

So… “Here’s to the crazy ones!  Let’s change the world around us!  May our daily obedience keep the dominoes falling for generations!

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