As a younger man, I had big dreams,
Of saving all the world;
But then my dreams were dashed away,
I realized I was hurled.
Hurled away from youthful thoughts,
From having a famous name;
Life hit me hard, I realized,
That life is not a game.
I went to church, I sat and heard
The stories of people old;
I thought I knew what they were about,
Every verse I could have told.
You see I served, I made a living,
Teaching the people the Word.
But there was in my heart a story,
One that I’d never heard.
God took me away from church a while,
I railed and hated him for it.
An idol I’d set up high in my heart,
And God would not endure it.
My love for ministry and things
like serving God and men,
Was set up high upon a throne,
Where I wouldn’t let God in.
It’s easy for us who grew up in church,
To idolize it’s ways.
We think we’re serving God the best,
When we go there everyday.
It wasn’t until I left the church,
on a God given spiritual quest;
That I began to see that most people
Don’t really like church the best.
It grieved my heart to see so many,
Hurt, and wounded, and scorned;
I couldn’t believe the stories I heard,
But in my heart I was very torn.
You see, the scars you see in me,
Were put there by God’s people;
And it’s taken me a really long time,
To get back under a steeple.
But as I’ve walked this lonely world,
I’ve noticed one gripping thought;
God builds His Kingdom with broken people,
The Church is all He’s got.
Our job is not to huddle under roofs
where we’re all the same;
It’s to scatter abroad for the mission of God,
To go out and bring them His Name.
Now there are good men and women out there,
There are people who love and give;
But there are few who have His Spirit,
Who shows them how to live.
You see apart from connection with God,
Your life is all in vain;
There is no credit to your account,
unless you share in His pain.
The way you do this sharing is
A quandry there’s no doubt;
But with people together in community,
There can be figuring it out.
So as you enter your life today,
Be careful in your search;
You can look everywhere for Jesus Christ,
But you need to be part of the church.