The youngest member of our family is a big fan of Olly Murs and left me the task of trying to get her some tickets for his tour next year. I have managed to get some tickets that are a bit closer to the front than the concert she attended earlier this year where he was a speck in the distance. I have been told to let her know by text message if I have been successful and the message has now been sent. You have been warned!
While I don’t really have the same appreciation for Mr Murs as young girlychops, and while I don’t share the level of her enthusiasm for attending one of his concerts, I have to admire her passion, commitment and zeal. I also have to issue a warning to Mr Murs that she will be there in a state of intense excitement – he may not be able to hear himself above the screaming.
Makes me think that my passion, commitment and zeal as a follower of Jesus might need upping somewhat. I don’t remember when I got as excited about going to church as she will be going to the concert.
In case that thought leaves you feeling inadequate or low, let me offer another one. You don’t have to jump, scream, shout, dance or go over the top as a follower of Jesus. You don’t have to wear special fan club clothes. You don’t have to buy his CDs. All he asks is that you offer him as much as you can at the moment. He will take your intention to do better, your hope to be able to forgive, your willingness to be led, your ambition to become the person he has created you to become, and with the help of his Spirit will take what you offer and transform them and you, just as a packed lunch became a banquet.
Be blessed, be a blessing