cul·ture (noun) “the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc.; the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group.”*
Culture is a lot like the wind. It’s everywhere. But where does it come from? Our work places, homes, churches, schools and neighborhoods all have a particular culture. Culture is the characteristic reputation, feel and environment of a place, or group of people. Your home, for instance, can be characterized as loving or hostile, peaceful or hectic. Take a church, for instance. No matter the size, every church can be described by words that tell us something about its culture. Is it impersonal or warm? Does it feel small, even if it is large? Is it relaxed or formal? It’s all a matter of culture. How a home, church, business, neighborhood or organization develops its particular culture is a matter of the peoplewho make it up. Culture comes from the people.
So the question is simple, poignant and important: How are you influencing the culture around you? Whether you realize it or not, you have more influence in impacting the culture than you realize. When you understand that somebody has to influence culture, why not take the next step and accept responsibility for the culture around you? How about YOU being a person who positively influences the culture in your home, work place, neighborhood or church? It’s not just possible – it’s probable – IF you begin living with great intentionality as a positive influence in the lives of the people around you. Cultural change begins with personal intentionality. You have to accept responsibility to change the culture for the glory of God.
Consider a sling shot – or a catapult. Each has the ability to take something and throw it forward. Have you ever considered becoming a “cultural catapult” for God’s glory? What has God been teaching you that could be a positive influence in the life of even one person – if you only shared it? Now you’re catching my drift. You do have something positive to give to someone else – and it’s precisely that positive contribution that will be a catalyst for cultural change. Your home is waiting for it. Your business is dying for it. Your neighborhood needs it. Your church can’t go another day without it.
Q: When will your home become more loving? A: When you become a more loving person.
Q: When will your church become more personable, more friendly? A: When you become a more personable, friendly person.
Q: When will my work place become a more enjoyable place to make a living? A: When you become a more enjoyable person to work with.
Is it possible to change every aspect of the culture you find yourself in? Absolutely not. But you just may find it’s absolutely possible – and even probable – to be a cultural catapult who has far more influence on the culture God’s placed you in that you have realized so far.
God put you where you are to display His glory, His presence, His character traits. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are great traits to pursue above all else in your life. They are great things to place on the launching pad of your life. They change everything – and this is what a cultural catapult does.
It’s never too late to become a cultural catapult. It’s never too late to take your role as a catapult for the glory and Kingdom of God seriously. Why not start . . . right now? If you ask God to help you, you will find He is more than willing – and entirely able – to use you in positive ways that will influence the lives of the people around you. And when that begins to happen, you will have made the transition into becoming a cultural catapult. The world is waiting for you to launch the glory of God into your environment.
Go for it. God is with you.