A Box of Matches
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A Box of Matches

According to the first law of thermodynamics energy in a closed system is neither created nor destroyed. It is merely transformed from one form to another. Just a few forms are wave energy, kinetic energy, potential energy and energy of mass. Think about a box of matches. It is a small bundle of potential chemical energy. Yet it has the potential to release energy in the form of heat and thus fire.

A community is something like that box of matches. Each person is a source of energy. Each person has the capacity to do great things for their community—be it a school community, a church community, a neighborhood community. Multiplying that potential by the number of people in the community produces a staggering dream of what can be.

In Acts 2:3 we read the story of the Holy Spirit filling the disciples with power. And what happened when all that power was transformed into work? Acts 17:6 says, “They turned the world upside down.” And we can do that today.

Written March 25, 2003