You never know who you’re going to sit next to at a baseball game. You know, you get a ticket, you sit down maybe with a friend and then someone invades your personal space and sits next to you. Maybe they’re a Giants fan…whatever.
At the game, someone, some dude, usually with a painted face and team T shirt and hat stands up and tries to start “the wave.” You see the wave usually starts with one person who takes it upon themselves to motivate a crowd to do it.
He stands up and says OK everybody…we’re going to do the wave. 1,2,3 and there’s one person who does it. So he says it again, again and again. Pretty soon, this one dude has the whole stadium standing up and cheering. This one guy got everyone doing something that at first they may not have wanted to do.
That’s what impact is all about. Sometimes we feel like we’re just one person. How can we do anything? One small drop, one step out, one word, one risk, one encouragement can have an amazing ripple effect … a huge wave of impact on a crowd of people.
Jesus put it this way in Matthew 5:16 “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.” Hey, one person shining for God can light up the world…just don’t paint your face.