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How many remember the excitement you felt as a child on Christmas morning? You ran downstairs, that is if you had any, to the living room where your Christmas tree was located. With every step closer to the prize, thoughts of what Santa left you under the tree flooded your mind. Then FINALLY, you were standing in front of the tree! Underneath the tree that was once bare, sat packages wrapped in shiny, festive paper topped with beautiful bows of a variety of sizes and colors. If you were like my house, you had to wait until dad took his position. You know the position. The one where he is the one who hands out each precious package to you so slowly that you could almost burst open yourself! Being a military child, not a brat, you KNEW to NEVER open anything ahead of dad. As you grow up, the excitement doesn’t go away but it does change.

Recently I have walked in such an excitement that what I felt as a child on Christmas morning was diminished greatly. You see we had our second Bible Study in Canon a few months ago. As I was traveling from work to go pick up the key that would open the door to the Canon Community Center I was getting so excited about the Bible Study that I was teary-eyed. I was EXCITED beyond measure. When I went into the city hall to collect the key, it was if I had received the key to the city of Canon along with gold. I treasured that wonderful little key. God was going to do a great things in Canon that night, and I was going to be a part of it! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss an opportunity to be a part of something that God is doing. It is not enough for me to come to church, worship, listen to a sermon of truth, and then go home. Something has changed inside of me and I like it! I was tired of just barely getting through the day to collapse on the couch and go to sleep just to repeat everything the next day. My life has purpose and I realize that each time I go out visiting people to let them know that God loves them. It’s not about me!

If you find yourself not being excited about coming to church to hear what God has to say, I challenge you to do something about it. Go out on a visitation one Saturday, come to Oasis on Friday night, or come to one of the Bible Studies during the week. There are three. One in Canon, Hartwell, and Royston. God wants us to tell the world about Him and His love, but He can’t do it without us! We can’t do it until we get our priorities lined up and get off our bottoms and do something! I guarantee you that it WILL change your life, if you let it. There is just something SPECTACULAR about sharing the love of God with someone.


~Ronda Sullivan

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Comments on: "Where is the Excitement and Love?" (1)

  1. Bill Avant said:

    A message from the heart. Thanks again Ronda for the vital role you play in the Outreach Ministry of Gateway.

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