It didnt bother me one bit though. Why? Because when there is a room full of people like that, there is just an energy. It pumps you up more when there are 25 other people doing the same thing you are doing! The music seems louder, you can jump a little higher, run a little longer... its hard to even give a reason "why" that happens, but it just does....
I mean, look at this picture from last year of all the kids worshipping. How do you just stand there with your arms crossed? You dont! You cant!
Driving home from working out, I thought, wouldnt it be a fantastic & amazing world if there were energy like that everywhere you went. Just like that aerobic class, where everyone had a similar goal... & granted, people did it differently. There are women who are like super model beautiful who do high impact the whole time & dont break a sweat... or women who are more "mature" & do things maybe a little lower... but they all are there to work out - to get their body in shape & doing similar things to achieve that goal....
I just think how hard it is for the youth of today to get ENERGIZED for God....I know especially when they are in areas of their lives where they are NOT surrounded by Christians, its hard for them to be the one to stand up & be bold. Adults too really...
But just like at Jazzercise, when everyone else lets out a big scream, its easy to do it, but when its a small class, I'm usually the only one who'll let out a big WHOO HOOO during a move (Yeah, I'm THAT person).... When not everyone in a small youth group sings loud, its hard to belt out a song... but put that same kid in that arena with 1,000 others & see how loud that voice can carry!!!
Then I thought of something else as I was driving... Jesus spent a lot of time in crowds as well. But every time he wanted to talk to his Father, he did it alone - away from the crowds.
So I guess God gives us that energy to sustain us until our time alone with him... And that's where it really matters... that one on one time... that time where you do get away from the crowds - the good crowds AND the bad crowds & its just you & your Father & you get to listen to what He speaks to your heart & to your soul... & that's the best feeling you could ever get....
For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. -Matthew 18:20
I think this is going to be what heaven will be like.ReplyDelete
One morning, many years ago, my family was at church. It was a beautiful building with ginormous windows.
The day was gorgeous as only days in South FL can be.
As I looked out the window, I had a vision (no, I'm not saying I'm a prophet or anything), but anyhoo, I still had a vision of the people in heaven God together.
It was incredible. As you mentioned, there was energy.
I've never forgotten what I saw, and it gives me a great joy and hope for what lies ahead.
I know you're going to have a wonderful time at the shin-dig!
You are so right. We have several different services at church and I must tell you we enjoy the 10:00 because of the energy. The message is the same but the energy is so different.ReplyDelete
That conference looks amazing. I love when gets are on fire for God.
Have a great day!
That is such a beautiful thought! I never quite thought of it that way....really makes me stop and think!ReplyDelete
So absolutely true Jo Jo. Just to think if we not only were that passionate and energized for God but think if we had that same passion and energy for the things that God has put in our life, his word, even the littlest of things. The enemy wouldn’t know what to do.ReplyDelete
Great post as usual! This convention looks alot like the Basement. I'm sure I would love it there! I love high energy, especially when it's directed towards our Creator! WHOOO HOOO! (I'm that person too lol!)ReplyDelete
I'm an aerobics instructor (well, I haven't taught in the last year, but I am) and nothing pumped me up more than a full class.ReplyDelete