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)