This Thursday I am bringing out an old post...just cause I can...and because I love this story about my then 5 year old son Charlie. This is a story about "hollering" and not for pigs people.....for JESUS!
Psalm 98:4 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.
Psalm 100:1 A Psalm of Thanksgiving. Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
Psalm 95:1 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
A few years ago Charlie started to come into “Big Church” on Sunday nights. The first year he slept through most of the sermons but on occasion he would stay awake. Sometimes he still falls asleep and will occasionally snore (loudly)...much to his father's horror!
One evening we were especially excited about the evening service because Ric was preaching. I told Charlie that he was going to get to hear his daddy preach for the first time that night. Charlie had a puzzled look on his face and asked me really seriously, “Mommy, does Daddy "holler" for Jesus?” I kinda giggled and said “What?” He asked me again “Does Daddy "holler" for Jesus?” I once again giggled and said “Charlie, what do you mean?” He said “you know, like Bro Mike(our former pastor)…does he "HOLLER" (imagine him raising his voice really loud) for Jesus?” Well I about fell out. It was so funny. He knew Bro. Mike liked to get loud and he wanted to know if his daddy did that too. “I looked at Charlie and told him, “Yes son, your Daddy "hollers" for Jesus, but in a different way.” You see Ric might not get loud when he preaches, but his life "hollers" for Christ. We certainly don't have to scream Jesus verbally...our lives should live it out loud for us!
Well it got me thinking.. do I "holler" for Jesus? The scripture shows us that we are to SHOUT for Him. "Holler" is southern for shout, right? Our lives, if we are a follower of Christ, should scream...shout...holler who we are in allegiance to. In our society everyone is vocal about who they follow...whether on twitter...facebook...if they are a fan of a football team, celebrities, athletes...you name it, and someone is vocal about following it. Our lives as Christians should be noticeably following Christ.
I looked at my life and wondered if my son could ask me if I "hollered" for Jesus. I pray that my life would be one that did shout and sing praises. One that was unashamed at my allegiance to Christ. One of my favorite songs talks about Shouting, a.k.a. "Hollering"…
Shout to the Lord
All the Earth
Let us sing
Power and Majesty
Praise to the King
Mountains bow down
The sea will roar
At the sound of Your NAME
May our lives "HOLLER" for Jesus
Tiny Truth's for This Thursday~
~ Kid's are going to sleep in church (snoring is optional)
~ Bro Mike was definitely a man who hollered for Jesus...in more ways than one:)
~ My life should shout who I am in allegiance to
~ "Holler" is the southern word for Shout
~ That my son (when he was 5) hears what is being said around him...whether it is loud or quiet