"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might." ESV
A group of people are watching a video of a crowd in a stadium who are cheering, waving, clapping, shouting, and jumping up and down. There is no sound in the video. When the group of people watching the video are told this crowd is at a football game and their team just scored a winning touchdown, they will most likely comment that it must have been an awesome play, a really intense and exciting game. If the group was told it was a Christian rally and souls have just been won for Christ, they would most likely comment that these people are religious fanatics, going overboard with their emotions, Bible thumpers. If football athletes deserve an excited demonstration of celebration from a crowd, how much more does our Lord Jesus Christ deserve our excited, demonstrative praise for saving us and others to eternal life?
Lord, help us to never be ashamed to show our full excitement and joy at the wonderful gift of eternal life you provided for us and for those who continue to come to You. You gave us the ultimate sacrifice to save us. Give us boldness by the power of Your Holy Spirit to show our thankfulness and praise to You with our hearts, our minds, and with our bodies. In Your great name we pray, Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC
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