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Life in One Cubic Foot

Life in One Cubic Foot

Submitted by Brethren Church on Tue, 05/08/2018 - 1:33pm

Last summer our family visited the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. One exhibit stood out and has been on my mind ever since. It is called Biocubes: Life in One Cubic Foot. The exhibit was inspired by biologists that "set out to document how much life would pass through one cubic foot over the course of a normal day" (Smithsonian Ocean Portal).

Hollow one foot cubic frames were placed in various environments and the findings were documented on wall displays. The results were astounding! Each space had such diversity, and each display was so different from all the others. They found that "almost every cubic foot sampled yielded more than a hundred different species" (Smithsonian Ocean Portal). So what would look like a boring, everyday spot was actually teeming with life and interaction, even on an average day?

This made me dig deep and ask, what am I overlooking in my normal, everyday life? What is passing through my personal "cube of influence?" If I'm honest, I probably don't make the most of many of these interactions. They have become white noise in my journey of getting through the day.

What would happen if I were to document what passes through my space? What if I took that further and interacted with whatever comes into my cube of influence to make an impact for Jesus?

My pastor, Tom Sprowls (Berlin, PA) recently spoke about how when you visit a foreign country's embassy, that piece of ground is considered a territory of the foreign entity and he tied that to how we are to be ambassadors for Christ, carrying the real estate of heaven with us wherever we go. I want whatever passes through my cube of influence to experience the territory of Jesus. I want them to see, taste, smell, and touch the culture of Jesus. And though I obviously want to seek out places where I can make an impact, I also want to appreciate all the little moments that pass through the many ordinary, unremarkable days. I challenge you to open your eyes to what is already there and be Jesus – right where he has you.


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