9,150 miles away, the church’s largest annual youth conference is beginning. The topic? The Laodicean message. It’s a message to us, now, to take a firm stand on our beliefs. It’s the only way we’ll be able to truly grow to know God more, to remain faithful. Listening in on my little phone screen while grading a stack of English tests, I was stuck with this thought: we’ve been here over 6,000 years. Why are we still on this earth? Why doesn’t this concern us more? And what can we do about it?
Well, I can think of one thing that we can all do, wherever we are. Maybe… we should just pray a little more. What if– just imagine with me for a second– what if you and I talked to our God three times a day, as Daniel did? Not just asking for help with our petty problems, but communicating with Him like the caring Father He truly is? And what if our friends joined us? And their friends? 2,000 years ago, it only took 12 men to turn the world upside down. What could God do with 2? Or 20, or 50, or 100?
I can’t claim to know. But I think that the world would be turned upside down once again. And just maybe, we could see Jesus come… in our generation.
So here’s my challenge: this next year, let’s connect with God as much as we’d want to connect with a boyfriend or girlfriend. And let’s start on New Year’s Day. I plan to begin the New Year on my knees– yes, at midnight. Will you join me?