Thursday, March 10, 2011

Some Assembly Required

It's been a long time since I have blogged. I took a break because it seemed more like something I had to do instead of wanted to do. I think I will jump back in. I'm not sure how consistent I will be but here goes.

For the past 4 weeks BridgePoint has been in a series called "Losing My Religion." We've been looking at the difference between "religion" and the relationship God wants with us. Each week we've been answering a different "Why?" questions about God, Jesus, trust and this whole journey He wants us to join Him in.

This past Sunday we took a look at the question "Why Church?" Why do we need to gather together each week? Do we even need the church anymore? In preparing I was reminded of a time when my wife and I bought a bike for our son. It was his first "big boy" bike. We went to our local Walmart, picked out one we thought he would like and loaded up the box. It wasn't long before I was sitting on the garage floor surrounded by bike parts. Those of you who know me, know that patience isn't one of my strengths, and putting together a bike was a real test of what little I had. After what seemed like an eternity I finally got the bike together and was confident that it was safe to ride.

The time came to give him the bike and to say he was excited was an understatement. He jumped on that thing a tore out of the drive way wide-eyed, hooping and hollering all the way down the street. It was in that moment that I forgot how much frustration and irritation the assembly of that bike had caused. You see, his excitement made all the work worthwhile and had I not been willing to put the bike together and endure a few hours of assembly I, nor my son, would have been able to enjoy the results.

In our lives God has an incredible experience for us. It's called life with Him. He tells us he wants us to have it "to the fullest," but to do that there is one truth we often ignore. It's the same one that I discovered in putting that bike together. If we want that full life God has for us. If we want to enter into a wide-eyed, hooping and hollering relationship with him... some assembly is required.

Whatever It Takes!

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