Those who know me may find it hard to believe that I sometimes drive Jo nuts. I know. I know. Shock of all shocks! No, I am not OCD. No, I am not ADHD. And that is not a slam against those who are. It is just that I drive Jo nuts. She rolls her eyes. She makes snide comments to people about a quirk I have. I am sorry to break it to you, my readers, that I have a quirk. But I reckon I do.
Whenever we go out to eat, I insist that I sit facing the door.
I tell her it is because I read so many westerns and a gunslinger never sat with his back to the door.
She says, “Pfffft!”
I tell her it is because I don’t like to be surprised.
She says, “Pffft!”
Then she hears “I am an observer of people.”
Tired of playing my game she will say, “No…you just can’t stand not seeing people and saying hi to them.
That last statement of mine is not far from the truth. I am an observer of people. One of my favorite things is going to an amusement park. I am at the age where riding the rides no longer holds
much appeal, but watching people does. Now there is the real name for the park…AMUSEMENT! I also like to watch people in restaurants. You see those who are full of life and animation. You see booths of young people laughing and carrying on (and doing all kinds of things with their food). You see young couples in love and barely eating. About two months ago we went to lunch after worship with some people from the church. Jo & I had an older couple sit next to us. They came in after us. Ordered. Ate. Left. Barely said two words to each other. They hurt my feelings by barely wanting to chat with me. Well, not really, but I would have talked if they had wanted to. You can make a case for boredom or you can make a case for comfort and intimacy. Pick your poison.
A case can be made for the same thing in the Christian life. There are those who live life passionately, but there are those just “getting by.” I prefer the passionate part. We can allow our relationship to God just “get by” or we can passionately pursue Him.
Sunday in my message, I will be talking about this very thing. God wants us to passionately pursue Him. See this Scripture. That word “know” used in verse 10 means “to know intimately.” God has pursued us passionately. He wants us to pursue him with that same type of passion. Fans want to play it safe; followers will do crazy things for love. Fans want to have just enough to make them comfortable; followers will break the box.
Which one are you? Do you passionately pursue your relationship with Jesus?