Friday, April 22, 2005

There Once Was A Time...

...when a 16-year-old lost a wrestling match with God, and found himself standing at the front of a high school auditorium, surrendering his life to Jesus.
...when a 17-year-old stood up at a church service in a tiny church on Brant Street, across from the sounds and smells of the train station, and said "yes" to following Jesus in fulltime service, if that was His leading.
There once was a time...

...when a 19-year-old heard "the call" in a dingy basement of a church during a party with friends, and he responded in obedience by quitting the college where he was pursuing a career in television and journalism, and moving 1500 miles west to attend Bible college.
...when a 22-year-old stood up with his beautiful girlfriend at a Keith Green Memorial Concert, and said "yes" to being available to serve on the mission field, if that was where He might lead them.
...when a 25-year-old looked around the mega-church on the Canadian Prairies where he was interning, and chose a different path and model of leadership.
There once was a time...

...when a 27-year-old prayed, "Oh God, whatever You do -- don't let me get comfortable", and was determined to live a life characterized by faith, and to never give in to the status quo.
...when a 32-year-old and his beautiful wife said "yes" to a pastoral position with no guarantee of a salary, and lived perched precariously on the speeding, twisting roller coaster called "give us this day our daily bread", because they believed it was the design of God as He inspired the writing of that chapter of their lives.
Now is the time...

...when a 43-year-old and his beautiful wife once again say "yes" to Jesus, and like Abraham of old, enter a new chapter of faith and obedience to whatever He might call them to.

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