Earlier this week Pastor Bryan shared the book “Messy” by A.J.Swoboda with me.
“Ultimately, at the end of the day, altar calls should continue to be done…
I think maybe, when people come forward to the altar, we should look them in the face and say, ‘Do you want to follow Jesus?’ and if they say yes, we look at them with a sense of genuine compassion, and then with all of our strength, we should punch them square in the face. Then we should say, ‘Welcome to the kingdom of pain. This thing sucks. Hope you’re ready.’”
Sometimes it sucks, a lot. If I had known how much harder life gets once I turned Christian, I could have prepared for it a little better mentally.
But following Jesus and seeing his kingdom expand and flourish is one of the greatest joys in life. When people say that they feel “refreshed” after spending time with Him, I honestly didn’t understand what they were talking about. But as I continued to spend 5 minutes in my room in worship, I began to see the verse “better is one day in your courts than thousands elsewhere” come to light. Inside that timeframe of 5 minutes, I sometimes get maybe one or two seconds where I have a genuine connection with God, and that gives me strength to push forward, to fight the good fights. It’s like Jesus gave me a spiritual energy drink to go on for another few weeks until I can find that little moment in time to connect with him again. BUt instead of relying on these little energy drinks, I want natural energy, and just as my body gets its own natural energy, it all comes down to a healthy lifestyle and good rest.
So I need a good diet, need to rest and need to exercise. Crossfit Jesus. P90Jesus, Insanity for Hae-sus, spiritual memory foam, jempurpedic.