I receive daily emails from Greg Laurie. He is with Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, CA., and has a 30 minute program on one of the Christian Channels here. I must admit, sometimes I read them and sometimes I don’t. Today, I opened the Harvest:Weekend email from him and the first line of the email is: Would you consider yourself a worshipper? A couple of lines down he suggests that EVERYONE is a worshipper.
I can hear you all now, no, I’m not a worshipper, only Jesus freaks are worshippers or whatever. Well, let’s think about this … How many of us while talking about a loved one or one they would like to love have said, “I worship the ground he/she walks on?” How many of you have the attitude of it’s all about how you look? OR it’s all about what you wear? OR worship celebrities or sports stars or someone or something??
We were all created to worship. And because of the free will we were given, we can choose who or what to worship. Have you ever said to yourself that if I only had ____, I would be the happiest person alive? Whatever that “___” is, did it really make you happy OR were you still looking for the next thing to make you happy or put meaning in your life? The next car, the next job, the new hairdo, the new clothes, the new house, the new whatever! Have you gotten that “___” and still don’t have a sense of satisfaction?
I am raising my hand to the above! I have been there. I have been insatiable. I worshipped at the “Alter of the Mall”, as Greg Laurie calls it. I’m not proud of it, however, I have been there.
I was so restless that I could not, literally, sit still. I would sit on the couch and my feet would move or I’d be moving. My husband used to ask what is wrong, can’t you sit still? I had no reason to give him. All I could say was, I was restless. I felt like I had to do something. What that something was, I had no idea, at the time.
Have you ever driven by something and were pulled to go to a place you wouldn’t have thought of going? I used to drive by the street our church is on and always felt a pull to go to that church to check them out. I’d see their banner on the corner and always say to myself, yeah, I need to check it out, as I drove by. I know what it is like to be pursued, like Jonah was. As with Jonah, I finally said yes to Him. My first meeting with the church was during their July Festival. LOL, it was busy and there were people directing traffic. I ended up being directed through the parking lot and found myself back on the street. As I look back, I can definately see the battle between good and evil going on over my head. Eight months later, I looked at my husband and told him I wanted to check this church out. The look he gave me was not a pleasant one, since he had his fill of organized religions. He went with me one day in March and we have become members of Carson Valley Christian. A day we do not regret.
Once we started listening to the teaching each week and getting more involved, I noticed my restlessness was gone. I could sit still and not feel like I had to be somewhere. My soul was satisfied and peaceful. What a change. What a relief! What a difference it made in my life. I still struggle with issues, who doesn’t? But it sure is nice to know I have someone to ask for help with my internal issues. I know He always hears me and is there to lead me.
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