Revival Doesn’t Have to be Huge

I’d like to shrink a term that is most often used with huge implications. We, the church, tend to say we want revival, and by that we mean that we want throngs of people repenting visibly, making it clear that “God is at work.”

Revival, however, the really, truly revival, is more teensy weensy. It’s not necessarily immediately visible, nor does it have to happen in a tent or a stadium.

It happens when complacency becomes commitment. When even one person is saved, a revival has happened. When one Christian lives his or her faith, revival is here.

It’s not huge. It’s not showy. It won’t capture the world’s attention and turn the TV cameras. Because revival, ultimately, is a matter of the heart.

And when you think about it, that’s even bigger than the way we like to use the word.


On the Shape of Paths

When looking at a potentially difficult or complicated life situation, we often talk about having a long and winding path to walk.

I humbly suggest that for the Christian, this simply isn’t the case.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
(Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV)

It may be long, but it’s straight if we will trust Him.