,But I just couldn't keep it to myself! Love that song and the energy it brings about when we worship the Lord. From what little I know about God compared to his infinite aura, I believe he wants us to be excited and passionate about loving Him and loving each other. That love fuels passion for spreading more love, more compassion, more understanding and ultimately more joy!
But.......I always have to keep myself in check to make sure that anything done with this passion is not misinterpreted as my doing. I love the phrase, "He would ever increase, and I would ever decrease." We can't stop being enthusiastic and on fire for the Lord, but we can always give the credit where it is due, and that is to the reason for our fire, the redemption of our souls from darkness.
That means coming out of the dark generates light, and we must let our lights shine before men to let them know there is a way out. And sometimes we need to shine light to renew the spirits of those who have lost that passion and excitement within the church. It is very easy to get comfortable, to enjoy the fellowship of those like minded to us and not want to tread into the unknown. Nothing wrong with that, but...
Jesus kept shaking things up and sent 12 Apostles to do the same. Shaking things up from the standpoint of leaving religion behind and advancing the true spirituality of a personal relationship with an overwhelmingly awesome God. They rocked the world with a message of hope and forgiveness that was much contrary to the mundane set of multiple rules religion had made.
Said I Wasn't Gonna Shout About It, but...Jesus nailed the rules to that cross making a public spectacle of them, and asked us to do two wonderfully amazing things, Love God with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself. Right now I am having a hard time containing my enthusiasm for all the doors opening to shout about His message, and finding more neighbors to love.
Maybe it is because I realistically may be around another 10-15 years or so, and I don't want to spend those years mumbling but instead shouting and helping to shake things up a little before I go.
Definitely can't keep it to myself!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.