wow.. so i just walked through my door (literally) after leaving an amazing and God-driven d-now.. baskin had their regular d-now this weekend, and i was asked to be a leader.. (fyi, had i not been, i would still have driven to the b-town and got down with them anyways.. i LOVE baskin children.. just love em..) along with the ever-so beautiful ms rebecca griggs, the ever-so hilarious mr mike young, the ever-so fun mr matt howell, the ever-so akward yet ever-so lovable mr lawson poole, the ever-so loved by a vast majority of young jr high kids mr fresh, the ever-so genuine caring emily turner, the ever-so normany norman elrod, (and yes, normany is acutally an adjective, and if you are to ever meet norman, you will never question this.) and his awesome, gorgeous sister ms wina elrod, the ever-so black-eyed sweet jamie (james) hill, the ever-so incredible ms kristin carson, the ever-so cool shelby wilson, the ever-so crazyfunny emily fuller, and this dude, wes, which i do not know all that well, but he seems to really love the Lord, so he's pretty much good in my book.. and then my parter, the ever-so amazing and dear ms ramanda berries.. i LOVE these people.. and i know God used them greatly this weekend.. the kids loved them and looked up to them.. and even literally, for the most part.. so baskin was super blessed to have all these great, college-goin punks give up their weekend to let God use them for these kids.. as they are always blessed to have their youth ministers, brian and julie, two real Christians that give their everyday to God..
but man, where to start.. umm.. i'll just go.. saturday night.. you could in all seriousness feel the hearts breaking and walls being torn down.. getting stuff right with the Lord.. and with other people.. some kids come to know Jesus and accept them as what he is.. a Savior.. kids everywhere praying and praising together.. it was too beautiful.. i want to live in that high everyday.. and we can.. if we pursue Christ and love others as he loved us..
which is what the whole weekend was about.. Live Love.. it is so simple.. just love other people.. i can't put it any plainer than God did himself..
we show our love for God by obeying his commandments, and they are not hard to follow. 1 john 5:3
by this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. john 13:35
my command is this: love each other as i have loved you. john 15:12 ((and we do realize He died for us, right??))
but if we say we love God and don't love each other, we are liars. We cannot see God. So how can we love God, if we don't love the people we can see? 1 john 4:20
i mean, if you dont get that, i honestly dont know how to word it any better..
and i do belive this is my all-time favorite quote..
I am told that Christians do not love each other, I am very sorry if that be true, but I rather doubt it, for I suspect that those who do not love each other are not Christians. -charles spurgeon-
i really could go on and on forever and ever about this.. but its so simple.. we just have to do it.. there is no such thing as a lukewarm christian.. thats an oxymoron.. it makes no sense.. its all or nothing..