I have a very strong feeling that the next four to eight years are going to be difficult ones. I hope I am wrong, but I just feel deep in my soul that these are troubling times on so many fronts and at times I wonder just how much we can do to affect the outcome. Can we vote? Of course, but presented with our options, I feel that I am sacrificing a bit of my values to vote the way I will. I cannot live in fear of terrorism, domestic or international. I cannot pass a legacy of fear on to my children. If called to rise, of course I will choose to defend life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. However, in the meantime, I feel like I have never felt before the call of prayer.
If I fill myself up with the word of God, then I find that the fears of the world don’t creep into my soul. Think about all the things we have to worry about for our children. I could worry my days away, no exaggeration, but Matthew 6 changed my life. It took away my worry, at least my worry about most things. I’d be lying if I said I did not worry about my daughter getting her license soon and driving among people who no longer follow basic driving laws. But the big worries that are completely out of my control are put in check against the Word of God.
I have asked my family to join with me in welcoming Jesus into our lives not just as a historical figure we know of, but as someone we want to befriend us and teach us and guide us. I had no idea how many opportunities to fill up our spiritual tank we have available to us. Since we are all music lovers, the most natural way for our family to participate in this together outside of weekly church services, is to seek out ways to worship. Sirius XM has The Message. Pandora has a great contemporary Christian channel. Lighthouse Events promotes Christian Artists throughout New England and our church is often the host venue for many of those events. We also have a dynamic young adult worship band at church who I believe is doing and will continue to do great things in our local community.
One week to the day after Chris Tomlin’s Worship Night, we found out about Revive, a three church collaboration in Bridgeport featuring our own young adult worship band. The venue, The Klein Auditorium was filled with 700 people, most young adults and late teens gathered together in the stifling heat and humidity to sing and praise and celebrate. It was so powerful. Different from being in New York, but equally as special because this was what Worship Night America was all about....bringing Jesus into your homes, your communities, your streets and seeking a change. Think about it. If more people followed Jesus and His teachings, how much better would our community, our state, our nation, our world be? People may not wander into a church, but they certainly might wander off the street to a free event where music is playing loudly and people are celebrating joyously. It’s fanning a flame and we need to make that flame spread into a raging inferno street by street, community by community.