I know it’s not by standing on a soap box. It’s not by holding up a sign, saying that without Christ you’re going to rot in hell for eternity. I don’t believe Jesus did it like that. He didn’t walk through the villages and say, “You better accept me or else rot in hell.”
I’ve spent years reading and asking God how to reflect the love of Jesus, and I truly believe that He has given me an opportunity to do it in an awesome way. He has given me the opportunity to help give suffering people every possible chance to experience joy. I would like to help create joy in the best way that I possibly, humanly, can. That’s the very most that I can do, but that’s the least that Jesus does. He loves us so much more than even that.
Because I love my God with all my heart, soul, and mind, I will do whatever I’ve got to do to know that He looks down on me and smiles. I want to feel that so much! And I can feel His smile when I do something good for somebody. I can feel His love reflected back to me. So I’m just trying to do my best here by creating environments of joy in places where people suffer, and helping young people participate.
To me, there’s no greater way to feel Jesus than that. And that’s why I feel good when I go to bed at night. I lay my head down on my pillow and I feel great. I don’t have suicidal thoughts, because I’m enjoying life so much.
You can do the same. You can go to bed saying, “I just helped someone get rescued from slavery today.” Or you can say, “I just helped a village of 1500 people get good drinking water.” You can say, “I just helped build an orphanage that will put shelter over kids’ heads and give them positive opportunities to learn and to be leaders.” Or you can say, “I just sent 200,000 meals to a village in Uganda and fed them for a year.” Whatever! There are so many opportunities, you know?
There are so many opportunities for us to create joy and reflect the love of Jesus. And when you know that you’ve done it, man, that’s just an awesome feeling. Because this is the love that He gives and that you have received. You’ll feel it because you’ve replicated it.
That’s the joy that I feel. And you know what that is? That’s Heaven.