Thursday, February 24, 2011

Get up! Get ready!

Last night the teens were in charge of our church service. They prayed, they sang, they played the organ and piano, they took up the offering, and then two of the young men preached: Luke S. and Man-boy.

And you know how to make a really proud mama? Get her baby up there preaching.

Man-boy has a thing for Job. He preaches in children's church and at the nursing home all the time and has always said, if you can't figure out what to preach on, go to Job. I never would have thought that. So last night he went to Job. You know the story in chapter one: Job loses everything he owns (which is substantial), all his kids, all his servants, and then comes verse 20.

Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and (wait for it) worshipped.

Is that what you would do? Yeah, me neither. Anyway, Man-boy went on to tell about how last fall he fell in a big way. He made a bad decision that he knew was wrong, and within seconds it was public knowledge. Falling flat is one thing, but falling flat publicly is another thing entirely and pretty hard to recover from.

Man-boy spent the next four months trying to get past it and had a hard time picking himself up and getting going for God again. Until just recently when he was listening to Gold City and heard this song:

and he decided he'd better get up and get ready and stop wasting time whining and having a pity party. What a great message from a 17-year-old!

Be thankful ~



Heidi said...

Wow! I bet you were SUPER PROUD!

Catherine said...

Love this! What a blessing!

Connie said...

Way to go Man-Boy! Too many times we let Satan beat us down over the mistakes we have made. We begin questioning our salvation and/or our ability to witness. Glad to hear that Man-Boy is using his mistake for God's glory!

NaomiG said...

Hmm... I've been reading through Job right now. I'm just loving it. Really enjoyed his thoughts on that, and LOVE that young men are searching God's word out for their very own.

I've been pondering this verse the last couple days:

Job 4:6 Is not your reverence your confidence? And the integrity of your ways your hope?

For some reason those questions have really struck me--how much hope, confidence and therefore joy we have when we as christians live with reverence and integrity.