Give Me Jesus!

OCD.
AADHD.

Those are some of the letters it’s been suggested I use after my name.

Instead of Les Ferguson, Jr., B.A, M.A., it would be Les Ferguson, Jr., OCD, AADHD.

Wouldn’t that look grand on a letterhead or resume?

Les Ferguson, Jr., OCD, AADHD.
Minister for the Lake Harbour Drive Church of Christ
Ridgeland, MS.

Except I know what those letters stand for.

“Obsessive Compulsive Disorder”
“Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder”

Yes, I can be a bit obsessive about things–and nobody has ever claimed my personality was calm and serene. I can be and often am very hyper. (Bouncing of the walls is more apt a description.) But instead of it being a bad thing, I like to think of myself as energetic, a go-getter—one who focuses in on a task and doesn’t stop until I get it done.

Except that isn’t how it always works.

I can be very focused—obsessed even–until something else comes along that directs my attention elsewhere. But once my attention is shifted to something new?

The process starts all over again…

You may not want those letters to be behind your written name, but I suspect I am not alone.

Especially when it comes to our spiritual lives…

• Have you ever started to pray and found yourself a while later wondering why you never finished?
• Have you ever started a daily Bible reading plan only to discover how far behind you’ve managed to get in the first week?
• Have you ever made the decision to be more spiritually minded, to be a better parent or spouse, or to live more simply only to realize that none of it ever happened?
• Have you ever wondered why your religious beliefs never quite give you what you need?

Welcome to my weary world! I cannot be all that others want. And more often than not, I cannot be even what I want. And just having a religion?

For those of us who struggle with focus? Well, discouragement comes easy and often.

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is found in Matthew 11:28-30 and it is so much a message of hope for weary and discouraged folks—particularly those who are burdened and weary from the expectations of religion and their own failures…

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (NLT)

Indeed.

Fernando Ortega once wrote a song made even more popular by Jeremy Camp called Give Me Jesus.

In the morning when I rise,
In the morning when I rise,
In the morning when I rise,
Give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus.
You may have all the rest,
Give me Jesus.

Whatever letters you have behind your name—whatever difficulties, struggles, or failures you face, however weary you might be… the answer is found in having a relationship with Jesus!

Jesus said, “Come to me.”

I say, “yes, give me Jesus!”

Les Ferguson, Jr., ID/BWHIJ
(Imperfect Disciple/ Believer Whose Only Hope Is Jesus)

3 thoughts on “Give Me Jesus!

  1. Good article Les. You have described more believing people than you will ever know, and they are made to feel guilty about the particular cross they bear. You have given your readers hope to know that they are far from alone…..I should know…..

  2. I must confess that I have not read the last couple posts you had and then I received this message twice – hmmm – Then after reading it was if God hit me over the head. It was exactly what I needed and then I sat in awe of how things like this happen. It amazes me how the right word comes when you need it. I feel like I am all over the place – AAHD. I have two speeds super fast or completely out. My prayer for myself is to sit still and listen, move slower, finish my prayer, stay with my bible study for more than 3 days……and the list goes on. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement.

  3. Love this!!! We live in the hope of Jesus!!! “oh how I love Jesus” part of a song we used to sing at a little country church. The church is now closed, most of it’s members are walking the streets of pure gold and one day I’ll see all those relatives and former members of that little country church and we’ll sing again, “oh how I love Jesus”.
    I don’t have fancy letters after my name; I can’t quote word-for-word verses; but I know for a fact that God made me and that God loves me. Afterall, “faith, hope and love, but the greatest is love’!!!

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