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Guest Post by Joe Macnamara: Proclaim the Gospel One Inch at a Time!

March 11, 2010

In Any Given Sunday, Al Pacino acts as the head coach of a failing football team. Towards the end of the film he gives, during what for me was the most inspiring 4 minutes of the film, one of the best motivational speeches I’ve heard in a movie for a long time.

After watching the video I did a quick Google search to find a Christian perspective and came across this,

“There are inches all around us. Opportunities. Opportunities to share the gospel. Opportunities to put a smile on someone’s face. Opportunities to make a difference. These opportunities are all around us, every minute, every second. We need to take these opportunities with both hands. Being the light of the world isn’t passive – it requires action.”

I totally agree – there’s a lot of truth in that video and in that comment…

Like Al Pacino says, inches aren’t that big, but ‘when we add up all those inches and all those opportunities, that’s what makes the difference.’ We often get so caught up in the big picture that we forget about the small things that count. The things that make a difference. It’s the inches that make the miles.

Serving in kids church, speaking to the visitor at ignite on a Friday night, not talking about our friends behind their backs, being obedient to parents, showing respect to those in authority. It’s these little inches – when added together – that make the difference.

It’s these little inches, these small and seemingly insignificant acts, that identifies us as Christians and allows the light of Christ to shine from our lives to dazzle those around us and make him more compelling and appealing.

Jesus said of those who follow him,

“You are the light of the world. A city 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 men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

Being the light of the world isn’t passive, it requires action! Whether it’s serving in a soup kitchen, providing a drink for someone who is thirsty, or praying for someone as they walk by – as young believers we are called to light up the world.

So look around. Look for that inch. Fight for that inch. Take that inch. Take every opportunity. Make a difference.

Be the light of the world…

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6 Comments
  1. frankii permalink

    This post is reaaallly good! You took words that I feel are on our hearts as christians and made it reallly cool and stuff lool this is really encourging! X

  2. Josh permalink

    Nice. well done Joe,

    I would say that as well as what Joe has said, It can also be really, really effective to simply allow God’s Light to shine out of you. If you can be active in shaping your life to reflect God, Reveal God through those actions that although seem pretty insignificant, actually make someone elses day, or like Joe said, put a smile on someones face. Although it is a great thing to serve in a soup kitchen or somthing, you can also do evangelism by showing people Jesus. Its one thing to tell people about Jesus, Its another to actually show people Jesus. Often the later can be more effective. You show people Jesus through the way you live your life. Your little deeds, maybe not going to that “party” someone is hosting or building someone up with words of encouragement. You’re not going to change the world like that, but you might just change someone’s life. Inches by inches. If you remove the clutter of sin from you’re life and allow the light of God to shine out from it. Thats when people see Jesus. Being a Christian also means being ” Christ-Like” (see 3. Manifesting the qualities or spirit of Jesus; Christlike.) This is what it’s all about. If we emulate Christ, as we are in him already, the Christ can be revealed through us.

    hmmm… bit long for a comment.?
    Great job Joe really well done looking forward to more!

  3. Quality post Joe.

    It’s great to be reminded of how all the little things count towards the big picture!

    Luke

  4. thegirlynatter permalink

    This is really helpful. It helps to make every decision important. Each inch is worth something. It is also reassuring to know that we have a team on our side. Moving forward with us.

    Inspired me…

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