This past weekend, I went on my youth retreat. And I've never gone on any of them before (by choice). This weekend was not the best weekend I've ever had, but it was still pretty darn good. The speaker was just a little bit off his rocker (okay, maybe a lot, but he was crazy for Jesus, so that's a good thing), and throughout five sessions over the entire weekend, we probably repeated a phrase close to twenty times. Want to know what the phrase is? "The Gospel is the most beautiful, true story ever told about the most heroic, courageous, committed man who ever lived." I have never felt closer to God than on that retreat. I think my youth pastor told us we all probably would, and that it wasn't enough to only be close to Him for one weekend. It needed to last for our entire lives. Did you know that 75-85% of all teens fall away from the church when they go to college? If you're a Christian, I challenge you to help me break that pattern. Make the numbers higher of those who keep their faith in Christ and stay a Christian.
Oh, yeah, someone remind me to tell you in a few days this funny story that our speaker-his name was Chuck-told us. There was something else he made us repeat a ton: "You'll do anything for the one you love the most." It kind of goes along with his story.