Hadley Baker Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see
your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Chris Lindberg is a long-time friend of mine. Many moons ago he and I
led the student ministry at Northplace Church in Sachse, Texas. He pastored the
high school students. I had the “privilege” of leading our middle school
students. Lucky me! Among other things, Chris is very gifted at marketing and
promotion. He just has a way of promoting and branding events that gets people
excited. So effective was he at this that on one occasion more than 1,200 students
showed up for a Wednesday night worship service! Incredible, huh? I once picked
his brain on this, inquiring on the thought process behind his approach. His
answer was somewhat bizarre. “Purple cow,” he said. “Purple cow?” I asked.
“Yup. Be the purple cow.” Seeing that I wasn’t exactly following his logic, he
expounded: “If you were driving down the road and saw a pasture full of cows,
no single cow would really stand out. They are all black and white. But a
purple cow—that cow would definitely stand out from the rest.” Then it all made
sense. Be intentional about standing out. That’s what grabs people’s attention.
As a Christian, do you stand out in our culture? Does your life look any
different than that of your friends, classmates, co-workers, or do you simply
blend in? Jesus said our lives should be such a contrast to those who are lost,
that it would be like light shining in the darkness. So let me ask you—are you
a purple cow?