Junior high boys are interesting.
"Goofy" becomes not just a descriptor, but the very essence of a 12 year old boy.
My son is at the height of it. Aside from making the "normal" burping and farting sounds, he also has a full repertoire of odd noises and stuff he does.
A recent addition is a sort of cheer...every time he sees me: "mom-mee [clap clap] mom-mee [clap clap]" and on and on and on. I, of course, laugh & roll my eyes as he cheers away.
It always makes me smile...my own private cheerleader.
Last night, in my "Bible study" group, we watched the Nooma DVD "Dust". I've seen it several times and it's one of my favorite Rob Bell videos. The point of it is that Jesus chose us and believes that we can do what he did...live, minister, heal, forgive, speak Truth etc... In a sense, Jesus has "faith" in us.
Amazing. I told my group that it feels like if the President came to me in my shop and asked me to leave everything, move to Washington and be an advisor, I'd think he was crazy. I have no credentials, no experience, no extraordinary talents; nothing that sets me apart from anyone else. Why would he think that I can do what he does?
Yet, that's exactly what Jesus did when he called me; first at 7 when I accepted him as Savior, then at 18 when I answered his call to follow him with my whole heart. He believes I can live in him, through him and like him here on earth!
Wow. That's incredible.
The sad truth is, I don't. I don't lose faith in him...I know he can do anything, he's God. I lose faith in me. My insecurities & fears grip me and I'm frozen.
But I'm not alone. It hit me last night when I got home and my personal cheerleader started his chant, that I have many more cheerleaders; people who've gone before, finished the race, and now cheer me on to completion and Jesus himself believes in me!
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." Hebrew 12: 1-3