Inspiration in a Church Marquee

I have to admit this right up front - I draw inspiration from street signs and marquees. There are two churches that I pass that have wonderful little messages displayed on their marquee each week. 

This morning at about 6AM I was on my way to the train station in need of a little inspiration. As I rounded the bend heading into Franklin I knew I could look over to the right and catch a little wisdom. This week’s message:

“NEXT OPEN MIC NIGHT 
WED, OCT 4
SHARE YOUR GIFT”

If you were in the car with me you would have heard an audible sigh. I was feeling let down...but was I?

This past weekend was the Collyde Summit at Christ Church in Rockaway, NJ. The theme was Overcome but in many ways, for me it was all about what each of us can do with what we have been given to change the world for the better. Whether the stories were personal witnesses like Jeremy Camp, Rebecca Lyons and Joe Narciso or it was stories about changing entire communities like Tim Lucas and David Ireland, at the end of the day it was about each and everyone of us using what we have to be of consequence. 

I was blessed to be able to share my story of how we are changing the world with hot sauce and making a difference in the lives of the working poor by funding micro loans through World Vision Micro. It was an opportunity to motivate people not because what we are doing is grand or unique but because it is mundane and repeatable. 

The challenge to everyone in attendance - and anyone reading this blog is simple - what will you do with the gifts you have been given? Whatever your job is, remember that your gifts go well beyond it. Are you a waitress? A janitor? A chef? A minister? Are you out of work? What you do doesn’t matter - it is how and why you do it. 

The church sign has it right, there is wisdom there: “Share Your Gift” - no matter what it is. Share it to make this world a better place. We do it by donating a portion of every sale of a bottle of hot sauce to charities we believe in and by working side by side with them whenever possible. What will you do? 

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you” - when you already have it with you. [Proverbs 3: 27-28]

“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.” [Luke 8: 16]

I welcome your comments and connection - even it if is just to let me know that you read this. 

Peace my friends, 

Bob

Hot Sauce Update:

We will be making over 90 gallons of hot sauce this Thursday, September 25 at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center. On tap - Hot Garlic (our best seller), Autumn Spice (my favorite) and Lo-Heat-O (my wife’s favorite).

Thank you to Hillsboro Farm and Norz Hill Farm for growing all of our peppers! We couldn’t do what we do without partners like you - we are blessed!

We will be appearing at a number of events in the next few weeks. Stop by and say hello - we love to talk! Check out our events page at http://hotsauce4good.com/events.

Love chocolate and want to support a great local business? Check out http://anahatacacao.com! Their dark chocolate is INCREDIBLE!

Love coffee and want to do some good? Check out http://landofathousandhills.com. Not just “fair trade” but “competitive trade” - building up the communities they work in!  

Could there be a chocolate/coffee hot sauce in the near future? Just saying...