Adjunct professor Becky Toews shares about the significance of each our lives in this excerpt from her forthcoming book, "Between the Lamp Posts."

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Message in a Bottle

November 15, 2017

"Cast your bread upon the waters,
for you will find it after many days."
Ecclesiastes 11:1 ESV

In response to someone admiring his work, C. S. Lewis once wrote, “It is always cheering to know one’s bottle with a message in it has found land.” I couldn’t help but think what an apt description for those who write! We put our words in bottles of books or blogs, and in faith pray our communiqué finds fertile soil. But “bottles” come in as many shapes and sizes as the messages they contain

Musicians compose their opuses; photographers snatch life glimpses; painters make a blank canvas come alive. Beyond artists, mothers and fathers train children. Teachers impart their expertise; contractors bid jobs; preachers deliver sermons. All hope their message will “land.”

Yet, isn’t each individual life a message in a bottle? We have been cast from our mothers’ wombs, custom-made, to tell a unique story. Yours. Mine. No matter how far the culture trends, our lives cannot be squeezed into a hashtag. We were made for so much more. What we do with our message matters.

Don’t be deceived into thinking your life is insignificant. The power of your story—your bottled message—cannot be measured by the opinion of others. Our job is to live up to what we have already attained and to keep pressing on. We continue writing the story, casting our bread on the water, until the Author says it is done.

God has created you with a purpose. Max Lucado writes in his book, Fearless, “The Amazon River out of which a thousand fears flow [is] do we matter? We fear we don’t.” My friend, be assured that you do matter. You matter more to God than you can possibly imagine. Don’t shrink back from letting him form the message he has designed for you to live. Send it out in faith, and when it returns after many days, you will find it to be, in Lewis’ words, quite “cheering.”

Want to read more content like this? Visit Becky's website for info on her upcoming devotional book, "Between the Lamp Posts."

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