Last night, as I was driving home from band rehearsal, I switched my trusty car stereo over to the AM band. It brought back memories from my childhood – I wasn’t supposed to have the TV on after 9:00, but my parents never said anything about listening to music…

AM radio opened up a bigger piece of the world to my young ears. From my bedroom in Tampa, Florida, I could hear stations from hundreds of miles away – places I had never visited. I learned about problems with blueberry crops in north Florida, sales at car dealerships in Miami, and even got to hear the Atlanta Braves lose a lot of baseball games during the summer. All of those memories came back last night as I listened in on a sports talk show from New York City.

For those of you under the age of 50, AM radio used to be the only way to listen to radio (I think I can make an argument that AM radio is still the only way to listen to baseball games). I’m not sure about the science behind why I could hear those stations from my house in central Florida, but I just knew that I was experiencing something that was far beyond my geographic boundaries.

The world is an even smaller place these days. I can literally see what my friend in London is having for dinner just by skimming through Facebook or listen to a live radio broadcast from Kotzebue, Alaska (“the Voice of the Artic”).

Though you might not be on the radio, the details of your life, whether life-altering or insignificant, can impact many more people than you might realize, and certainly more than you’d expect.

Jesus knew that people would be listening in on our lives, especially those of us who claim to have a relationship with Him. That’s why He said this:

No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:15-16 CSB

As creepy as it sounds, people are listening to you. What are you broadcasting? I’m going to imagine the day’s events, even my attitude about traffic this afternoon, being broadcast on AM radio, allowing people hundreds of miles away to listen in. While I’m busy living, I’ll submit my will to God’s will so people will notice the difference He is making in me.


What you need to know:       

  • GIVING WHILE YOU’RE GONE: Summer vacation has finally arrived and many of you will be traveling this summer. As a partner at The Church @ Clayton Crossings, we depend on your faithful giving to allow us to share the message of Jesus with the world (literally!). It’s never been easier to give while you’re away this summer – thank you for your faithfulness.
  • SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER TEAM. Are you looking for a place to serve? You can join our prayer team and pray for one of our worship services while it’s happening! To sign up or for more information, visit ly/CCPrayerTeam.


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About me:
John Sanders is the non-stuffy pastor at The Church @ Clayton Crossings. His primary mission is to help people find and follow Jesus. Additionally, he longs to write like the child of Aaron Sorkin and Dave Barry, preach like W.A. Criswell, look like Bradley Cooper, and eat like he’s seventeen years old. A more complete (and less snarky) bio can be found here.


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