By David Cochran
Energy is something that we always want more of, but the reality is that we seldom use all the energy we have. Scientists tell us that there are two types of energy – potential and kinetic. Potential energy is that which an object possesses but doesn’t actively use. Water resting in a glass holds energy, but it isn’t in use at that moment. Kinetic refers to action/motion. Water going over a waterfall to be used for hydroelectric power is kinetic. It’s active, causing things to happen.
Humans have been given more potential energy than we realize. We could think of this as our talents just waiting to be used. Maybe we have the ability and time to listen to and help others, but for whatever reason, we just don’t make the connections with others that are needed. If we don’t act, our energy remains potential and nothing happens.
As Christians, we are charged to convert our potential energy into kinetic energy. “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a hiding place or under a basket, but on a lamp stand, so that those who enter may see its light.” Luke 11:33, International Standard Version. We need to take those talents that God has given us and put them into action. We might help with visitations, care for our neighbor, assist in worship, write a blog for the church, help clean the church, invite a neighbor or friend to worship, change lightbulbs, sing in the choir, etc.
As we have been learning in our sermon series on the Book of James, faith without action is useless. Even small steps to use our talents are steps in the direction we are challenged to take. The list of what we could do is endless. Our job is to figure out what we do well and turn that potential energy into kinetic action. If we all do this, there is no limit to what this church can achieve for the glory of God.
“Imperfect action beats perfect inaction every time.”
Harry S. Truman