by Trey Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org
No doubt, you have heard the expression concerning “15 minutes of fame.” You’ve probably even used it in conversation. It’s a popular saying that’s often quoted and somewhat overused. It implies each person wants to be famous and will have at least 15 minutes of fame during their lifetime.
Interestingly enough, if you look up the expression on Wikipedia, credit for it is given to Andy Warhol who likely adapted it from a conversation at a photo shoot with photographer Nat Finkelstein. In any case, this got me thinking about something far greater than all the one-hit wonders (in all genres of life) out there who clamor for their 15 minutes, and worse, squander it.
So here’s my question: What if everyone took advantage of 15 minutes of faith rather than fame?
Just think about the ripple effect this would have. Fifteen minutes is not a lot of time. But with God, time can stand still and these 15 60-second intervals can be more than enough time for the Holy Spirit to penetrate someone’s heart. If we all made the most of 15 minutes of faith, it would be a sweeping platform to share Jesus. It could be a catalyst that would lead to a once-in-a-lifetime foundation of faith for ourselves or others who need to hear the Word.
Now, let me be clear regarding my thought process here: 15 minutes of faith is not sitting through 15 minutes of a Sunday church service. It’s taking an opportunity and making the most of it by taking action. God offers these opportunities to us all the time when our paths cross with those who need what we can offer or share and vice-versa. We need to recognize these opportunities and take Him up on them. In fact, He presents many “15-minute” opportunities to us all the time. Some challenge our faith and some build our faith. It’s simply a matter of taking advantage of the opportunities when offered.
I had a 15-minute opportunity just the other day when a co-worker and I engaged in “God-talk.” It started over Instant Messaging and ended with Linda asking me to pray for a struggling family member. Being able to encourage one another to take a stand for our faith and bring it to the very people who need Jesus the most is the epitome of an opportunity. In fact, this is the opportunity of a lifetime for any Christian – every time it presents itself! She will be able to convert our discussion to be her “15 minutes of faith” for which she will share with the family member’s parents – who are new Christians – and eventually the young man himself. Taking the form of a domino effect, this will hopefully lead to additional 15-minute opportunities for Linda, and then the parents.
With this expression being one that has endured over 45 years of pop culture vernacular, it seems to me 15 minutes of faith could endure even longer. After all, has the Good News that is Jesus not endured over 2,000 years?
It’s amazing what a 15-minute investment can do in the hands of the Lord. How can you make the best use of your 15 minutes of faith?