Our family is seriously, and I mean seriously blessed to be a part of our church, Sojourn. We have 13 elders who care for us faithfully, and this morning our worship pastor, Mike Cosper, brought us God’s word. He preached about Jonah and how we can be just like him because of our lack of compassion and love of comfort. At one point he read a quote from atheist Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller:
How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that? I mean, if I believed, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a truck was coming at you, and you didn’t believe that truck was bearing down on you, there is a certain point where I tackle you.
I cannot tell you how much that quote and Mike’s sermon are still ripping my heart apart. I have been slammed with my lack of love for others because I don’t tell them the greatest news there is, the only thing that can save their life. How much do I hate those I claim to love?
I have been thinking lately about one thing I want to improve about myself in 2010, and I can’t get away from this. No longer do things like being more organized or getting healthy seem as important (not that those things aren’t important). How can I look for areas like that to improve when people are dying all around me and I’m just sitting watching it happen? My prayer is to actively and boldly talk about Jesus to everyone with whom I have even the smallest relationship. Thank God for His grace to forgive a sinner like me and for empowering me to do what He asks of me.