There’s a lot of things I get excited for. I get excited for stuffing on Thanksgiving. Eager for Black Friday sales. The thought of seeing my friend’s new puppy when I get back to school on Monday makes me giddy. And I am already counting down the days till Christmas.

However, the other day as I looked up deals that are coming up for Black Friday I felt God tug my messy heart. He whispered, “Are you eager for me?”

Truth is my mind has been more focused on stuffing, turkey and shopping than it has been on God. And if I’m being really honest while at school I’m more concerned with how I look on Saturday night than I am focused on remembering to be chasing God eagerly. My eyes are faulty and seem to only be focused on things of this world, when they need to be looking at what is eternal. And if I’m being really honest, my desire to please the world has been what has caused me to fall lately into sin, temptation and sadness.

I know of God, but am I eager to see Him?

The Lord took me back to a favorite story of mine when Jesus entered Capernaum and began to speak in a crowded area. The line outside was long and many just looked from afar due to the big crowd. However, there were 4 men and a paralyzed man eager to see Him and willing to do anything they could to be closer to His presence. So they cut through the roof… and lowered their friend who needed healing. And Jesus healed Him when he saw their radical, eager faith.

I guess here’s the deal, I want to climb through roofs for Jesus. I want to be so eager and believe in His power so much that I’m willing to adventure to new heights in order to get closer to Him.

Are you this eager?

Are you going to bring others to Christ, even if it requires you to to risk it all? Are you willing to travel to new heights in order to look into the eyes of your Savior?

I don’t want to be like the others, following the crowd to kinda get to maybe get one glance at Jesus. I’m going to give it all, climb the heights and reach Him in anyways possible. I’m going to be eager. And that’s the kind of faith that heals the sick, forgives the debtor and gives someone with a messy heart like me the chance of eternity with the King of Kings.

So wake up each morning as eager as you do early on Black Friday. Wake up eager to give your life to the One who gave His life for you. Wake up eager to serve, love and be an example of Christ’s love. Never forget the same God that created mountains, sunflowers and puppies breathed breath into you. And He gave you a purpose.

So stop being apart of the crowd, and push through the crowd, or climb the roof. You are beautiful and loved and have a purpose. Live that way.

 “A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”” Mark 2:1-5

Written by Grace Valentine

I love Jesus, diet coke and sunflowers. I wish I lived in the mountains, but love the two states I call home--Louisiana and Texas. I can watch Criminal Minds all day and dream of one day owning an ice cream truck for fun. However, my main goal in life is that more girls will realize the worth they have through Christ Jesus--and with Him and Him only we are enough.

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