Put A Cup On and Get Back In There!Posted: February 7, 2008 | |
If you’ve never been to Peoria, it’s pretty amazing. “Amazing!?” you ask? So either I’ve been in the slums of Champaign too long, or there’s a decent city in the middle of our flat state of Illinois.
Anyway, I got a chance to go out there last week for a Related Leaders Conference hosted at Riverside Community Church. Not that I’m holy or anything, taking days off to go to Christian conferences, but I mainly drove the 1.5 hours there to hear Pastor Mark Driscoll speak. Pastor Mark’s the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington. It’s a huge & still growing congregation of young Christians in the least churched city in America that was started when Mark was only 26. Crazy.
I’ve been following Pastor Mark’s teaching for about 3 years now and he hardly EVER comes to this area! So it was my only chance to probably ever see him preach. So I grabbed my Bible, a t-shirt (he likes free T’s), and dragged Caroline with me. I can’t explain how excited I was. It was like a little boy in a hardware store (maybe this analogy only works for me). There was the man I’ve been listening to on my iPod speaking at a distance of about 20 ft away from me…live and in living color.
He spoke on several things, but the message that God was speaking to me about comes from a classic line that Pastor Mark says very often to weaksauce Christians, “Put a cup on and get back in there!” This statement has so much truth, encouragement and hope in it. I guess I could go into it more, but the gist of it is, “suck it up and keep running, ’cause complaining ain’t going to fix nothing!” I was refreshed through the conference last week in Peoria, but more importantly I got a swift kick to my spiritual rear end (God’s chosen wake-up call).
Thank you, may I have another?