How bad could it be

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Sometimes I’ve comforted myself when I’m worried or concerned about something coming up with the phrase “how bad could it be.”  This past Wednesday I was a little nervous because for the first time I was in charge of our worship service at the North Star half way house.  I’ve spoken there several times over the past year and a half that Journey has been serving out there but I’ve never had it all on my shoulders.  I told myself “how bad could it be.”  I found the residents to be pleasant and appreciative of our efforts but I quickly learned that the man I thought was going to lead the singing wasn’t going to be there.  So guess who led the singing?  Yes, it was me.  And yes, it was not pretty but we soldiered through it.  Then I spoke.  I thought it went well, they seemed to appreciate it.  But then while everyone snacked I sat down and chatted with one of the residents.  I listened intently to what he had to say but was distracted by my ever growing nausea.  Finally at one point I leapt up and ran to the bathroom spewing vomit as I went.  This exit was dramatic to say the least.   Suffice it to say, while the residents were great, the experience was worse than I imagined.  If Americans think of judgment day and hell at all I think the consensus is “how bad can it be?”  “I’m a pretty good person, surely God won’t actually punish me.”  Yes, He will; and each of us will clearly deserve whatever we receive.  However, there is another way to face judgement–rely on God’s grace.  Place your trust in God’s unmerited favor, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The cold hard truth is that “it is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”  But right now that hand is extended, and wide open with God’s love; grab it while you can.

Under His Mercy,

Derek Dickinson, Minister

Journey Christian Church

Fairbanks, Alaska

www.journeyalaska.org

derek@journeyalaska.org

907-460-9290

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