Last night marked the beginning of revival services in our church. We’ve had revivals before, but, this time things felt different. They felt…ready.
There’s an old Bill and Gloria Gaither song called “I Just Feel Like Something Good is About to Happen.” That’s how it felt this week leading into our revival. On the first night, I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The church was nearly full on a Wednesday night and it was “Youth” night. We had a praise band (thanks Ryan, Brett, Jonathan and Susie). We also had great attendance by our youth group, led by Annie and Josh. Our pastor’s son, who is also a pastor, is preaching revival this week and he is, in short, wound up! He gets excited, he jokes, he talks fast and loud and gets everybody in the audience to participate. This is no small thing in our church where people tend to be very polite and quiet.
At the end of the service I was nothing short of awe-struck when approximately 15 teenagers came forward to either accept Christ for the first time or re-dedicate their lives to the Lord. It was amazing to watch.
When people worry about how much money we spend on youth related activities, it’s hard to get them to understand that you can’t place a price on something like this. I think it’s said best this way:
Youth leader’s salary: $100/week
Pizza every Wednesday night: $50
Youth trip to Six Flags $2,500
15 kids accepting Christ: priceless
See you at church!