My favourite Christmas movie of 2022 was the new musical comedy, Spirited, with Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell. It was a modern, musical take on Charles Dicken’s classic, A Christmas Carol. I loved it and have watched it three times (so far!).
One song really caught my attention.
It was called ‘ripple’.
Here’s a few lines from the song…
“Do you wanna make a ripple, ripple, ripple?
I think you wanna make a ripple, ripple, ripple!
Can we redeem the unredeemable?
Can we just risk it all and find a way?
Can we accomplish the impossible?”
Do you know that your life is supposed to create a ripple effect in the world?
A positive ripple effect as Jesus shines His life and light through you wherever you go. You can commit to being a person who builds people up, not blows them up.
People should be pleased when we enter the room, and sad when we leave it because we carry the comforting, kind, loving, peaceful presence of God.
We should be willing to take risks of faith, and see what God might do in the impossible.
Most of the time we might not even know the ripple effect of Jesus at work through us, but we faithfully do our best for Him, and for others, simply trusting that our small acts of love and kindness will bring a little bit more of Heaven to earth.
And not only that!
Even in our times of shaking and struggle, we can see the ripple of Heaven in and through our lives. For our good, and for the good of others. Check out my short 10-minute message from last Sunday on Jesus’ calming the story for some more thoughts on that…
In 1 Corinthians 15:58, Paul cheers us on with these words (taken from The Message)…
With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.
So let’s be on the look out for loving faith actions in the next week – and expect Heaven’s ripple!