Happy sounds…. happy sounds means different things to different people. For my husband, who is quieter by nature than me, happy sounds are gospel music being played softly and calm conversations. Not so for me… I like my music on high; raucous fellowship and the eardrum breaking sounds of kids playing. When my husband studies… quiet please. When I study…. background noise please. I think the reason why I am more comfortable with “noise” in the background, is that if it is totally quiet I get become a little hyper-vigilant. So, the “noise” at Teen Challenge has never bothered me. Before I was married, I lived a total of fourteen years at different centers (Teen Challenge centers and at a street mission for women and kids that I had the privilege of helping to start). Trust me, living on site you are constantly bombarded by sounds. You hear the sounds coming from broken, desperate souls; you hear the murmurs of fearful children when they first come in; and the distressful cries of families who have just about given up on their loved ones ever getting help. And then comes Jesus… Then comes the power of Jesus as they begin to trust in Him; then comes the love of Jesus as staff and volunteers become “Jesus with flesh on”; then comes pure joy as they experience the freedom only a relationship with Christ can bring.
I love all those healing sounds, but my favorite sounds are the sounds of the kids at the centers: the sounds of mischievous laughter; giggles that make you go look to see what they are up to; the sounds of kids being kids in a safe environment! I will never tire of having a kid just about knock me over when I come to a center; or feel it is a waste of time for a munchkin to share with me his or her world view; or be too busy to pray over a “boo-boo”. I will always be amazed when I see God heal the incredible wounds brought about by lives that have spiraled out of control; and ever grateful that I get to play my little part in the process.
I constantly tell people that I am God’s spoiled brat. I say this because, on a daily basis, I get to see God’s life changing power at work. And I firmly believe God wants ALL of us to see how He can use us to help those in need. There is no high, higher; no thrill more thrilling; no reward more rewarding than helping someone see who they can become in Christ! There is a saying: “Only one life, will soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.” My friends, it is so easy to get sooooo caught up in the day to day, that we forget we are to be looking at life through an eternal perspective-valuing what God values: “People”. We can be assured of one thing, all temporal things will pass away. We definitely cannot take the stuff of this life with us, and what a shame if that is where we have placed all our value. The most “happy sound” I long to hear? “Well done my good and faithful servant…” The second most happy sound I want to hear when I get to heaven: “Hey, you’re the one who shared Jesus with me.,.” And the way we share Jesus is seldom just with our words; it is with our time, our love, and our compassion!