It Comes to Mind: Containing our Excitement

The excitement was in the air. The conversation was all abuzz last night at church. Vacation Bible School was winding down and children were everywhere. Parents were happily dropping off their children for a few hours of respite. However, the prevailing conversation wasn’t about the Bible or salvation or Jesus. The conversation was about sports. The joke is that we don’t live in a town with a university, but we have a university with a town. It’s exciting when we see great accomplishments. It’s easy to get caught up in the emotion of the moment. However, it makes me stop and think “How does God fit into our life?”

Do I spend more time scrolling the internet or reading God’s Holy Word? Are my relationships filled with sports talk, reciting negative news stories or pointing others to Christ? Do I complain about others’ actions or do I stop and pray for them? The old Gaither song entitled “Get All Excited” says it well. One of the lyrics states, “Get all excited go tell everybody that Jesus Christ is King!” Just think how the world would change if all Christians possessed the same excitement about Jesus as we do about other things of this world? Romans 1:16 states: “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” Remember the guy a few years ago that would go to televised athletic events and hold up the poster that simply said JOHN 3:16 on it? Many believed that he was crazy. We should expect that reaction from an unbelieving world. I believe that he was bold, a zealot for sharing the gospel.

Unless Christ comes back soon we’ll all face death. An obituary will be written in our honor. What will it say? Will it say she kept a clean house? Will it say that she was the number one fan of a particular sports team? Will it say that he worked tirelessly for a company until the day he died? When working at a high school years ago my husband used to tell the 9th graders that they were compiling a resume now. They would look at him confused about that statement. They couldn’t grasp the concept that their present actions affect the future. As adults, we are no different. We are writing our obituary now. What do you want it to say? She loved God’s word more than anything else? He showed the love of God wherever he went? He always reached out to others in need?

Write your obituary now and then live up to it while you still have time. Get all excited…about what matters the most: Jesus!

Published by Kathy Burnham Howington

I'm a retired educator after 28 years working with students that have exceptional needs and working as a school and district level administrator. I am married with 3 grown children plus 2 bonus children. In total we have 7 grandchildren. My most fervent prayer is that of our children and grandchildren will embrace Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

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