It is Sunday morning, as your neighbors head to their front porch or out for the morning paper, they notice once again your car is not in the driveway. They seemingly pay it no attention. Week after week your driveway is empty on Sunday morning, and week after week your neighbor walks from their mailbox with the newspaper and notices… well nothing. Just an empty driveway, but things are not always as they seem.
You see, the consistently empty driveway that reminds your neighbor week after week that you have gone to church, is just one example of a subpoint to the possibility of an amazing sermon. Your life’s sermon. I have heard it said, and you probably have as well, that our life is the greatest sermon we will ever preach. That is probably true, the question becomes do we realize we are preaching by sharing our influencing everyday?
There is a powerful reality to which we need to be reminded if not taught for the first time. You are unique, one of a kind. God has only made one of you and will have only made one of you when all is said and done. You have not only been created with a uniqueness, but your influence is uniquely yours as well. Nobody else can be you. You influence this world, for good or bad, but you influence this world.
An empty driveway and some unique influence alone is not necessarily all that exciting or the making of a thrilling story. Maybe not; however, it’s the substance that comes out of that influence and from that empty driveway that makes the story rich. Just as a sermon has many lines, filled with bits of illustration, word pictures and truth so all the small pieces of your life fit like those bits and lines in that sermon you are sharing. Just as a person might not remember every line or deem the importance of every line of a spoken sermon, it is those lines that deliver the hearer to the main point of what is being said. So what is your life saying?
Are the small things in your life pointing people to the big things that make up your life? Do they see that empty driveway and think nothing of it or do they see that empty driveway and consider the life you are leading? Does it lead them to consider the kindness you have shown them or care they have seen you extend to someone else? Does the empty driveway say to your neighbor, their gone again. Or, does it say to them you really are into that whole living for God kind of life. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16