I recently (and by recently, I mean I just got home) attended Passion 2010. It's a conference for 18-25 year old students and young adults to help them (us) become part of a global movement to proclaim the Truth, the name of Jesus. More on that later, though.
One of my favorite parts of this gathering was the worship time we had twice a day. And last night, after we'd finished singing praise songs to God, Passion's leader Louie Giglio came out and asked us to offer praise to God through our silence. That caught me off guard - I'd never thought of just being still and praising God through complete silence. But we did. 25,000+ young adults, hands raised, stood in total silence for what seemed like quite some time. And after a while, someone somewhere began to sing "How Great is Our God," and it didn't take long for both arenas to join in. Then Kristian Stanfill (one of the Christian artists who was leading worship that night) cued up the bridge and ending of "Jesus Paid It All." And all of us, who'd been standing silent minutes before, began to absolutely shout and sing praise to our God. It was so moving.
But what really moved me most was the fact that for a few minutes, God was the only One that over 25,000 people were focused on. All of us. At one time. And it felt like with Him there with us, with Him in us, we could move mountains. Wouldn't it be incredible if we could live our lives like that, I thought.
So that's what I'm striving to do. I'm trying my best to take that feeling with me and to run to the ends of the earth with it. God has granted me joy and peace and comfort and grace and mercy and love, none of which I've deserved, so, in turn, I'm dedicating my life to Him. This is it for me.
"Yes Lord, walking in the way of Your truth we wait eagerly for You, for Your name and renown are the desire of our souls." - Isaiah 26:8
If you'd like to know more about my faith or about becoming a believer in Jesus Christ or anything about my walk with Him at all, please don't hesitate to ask. And also, please know that though I'm working on following Jesus, I am not perfect. I'm so far from perfect it's not even funny. But the one thing I do have going for me is that by His grace, I'm forgiven, and you can be too. For anything.