See if you have ever had one of the feelings listed below.
Lately I’ve been reading John Wesley’s sermons. Of course they are all interesting, but The Almost Christian sermon just won’t leave me alone. John Wesley lays out who the Almost Christian is: The Almost Christian follows all the rules, laws, regulations of church and country. The Almost Christian gives money to those in need. The Almost Christian lives the Golden Rule, attends church regularly, prays, and avoids evil. Basically, they don’t make any waves. What John Wesley is challenging us all to do is become Altogether Christians.
Uggg! As a world class rule follower I find that putting myself in uncomfortable situations are something I mostly try to avoid. That places me quite firmly in the Almost Christian realm. I don’t want to be an Almost Christian, so I’ve decided that I will step out in faith and I will put myself in situations that are not middle-class comfy. Want to join me?
A friend of mine recently shared that for several days in a row she had been waking up very early in the morning—so early that the birds were still quiet. She related that in the pre-dawn silence a single bird would give a long whistle, and suddenly all the birds would begin singing and chirping. It was as though that single bird whistle gave all the birds permission to begin their songs for the day.
We are blessed to have the ability to choose the songs we sing. I am present to the fact that there are times when I don’t choose a song that offers joy or love or anything positive. I am also present to the impact the song I sing has on others. My prayer is that when I hear birds singing, I will be reminded that my song leads others, and I will be moved to lead a song that makes a positive difference for those around me.