My Life Is My Message

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So Is My Home
My Yard
My Budget
And Everything Else that I Am and That I Do

My devotional mentor, Oswald Chambers, suggested the theme of this article with his devotional on March 10 entitled:

“Have a Message and Be One.”

Oswald Chambers Wrote:

We are saved…to be sons and daughters of God…the message must be part of ourselves….The natural heart will do any amount of service, but it takes a heart broken…and crumbled into the purpose of God before the life becomes the sacrament of its message.  Before God’s message can liberate other souls, the liberation must be real in you.  Gather your material and set it alight when you speak.

I have also heard it said that too many sermons are preached with words only.  If a picture is worth a thousand words then a life can be worth millions. 

Absolutely, I intend for my life and my home and my yard to speak for me to folks that have no interest in my words.  I was reminded of this fact during a zoom gathering this week with Baptist climate justice leaders from across our country.  We always gather with a certain amount of frustration to share—we are a support group after all.  Busy people occupied by many tasks and focused on a plethora of issues do not easily hear us when we speak about creation care and other related stewardship of creation.  People already have a lot to frighten them and in these times of pandemic and wa, caring can overwhelm us with grief. 

So, I was describing a couple of “signs” that have gone up in my yard.  They are really big—4’ x 8’.  I built them to hide my quite ugly compost bins.  Around here we kind of expect good neighbors to hide the ugly stuff, like propane tanks.  But I have not settled for just being a responsible neighbor.  My signs have messages.  BIG WORDS, though they are hard to read.  Here is one.  Can you read it?  Better, do you understand why it is such a big deal?

95% of our food grows in topsoil.  We are losing 15,200 pounds of topsoil per acre per year in the United States.  Some people plant trees to save the creation.  I make topsoil.  It’s just one of my “things.”  So I say it with my words and my life—and now my signs.

In response to my signs, a very good friend teased, “Ken, you have too much free time on your hands.”  Actually, I think I have just enough to live the messages I believe.  Here is another message:

Believe it.  Then, be it.  (KCW)

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