Day after day, my life is surrounded by stories, people who are in the middle of trying desperately to grip and understand not only the chapter their life is in, but how they got to this page, and what the rest of the book is going to look like. And when you have no idea who the author is, or you think you know but you don't like what He's writing, and have no idea where He's going with it, it is a very dark place to be. A place where anger, depression, hopelessness, and debilitating confusion wait silently at the threshold.
I know some people think, "Why do you bring the same message over and over again, what's the deal with 'new'"? Ask a New Man guy what it means to be new, to be free from the chains of oppression, free from the grip of anger, alcohol, from the dark cloud of the law, or most importantly, free from the pervasive fear of the future. Ask them about what happens when you hear the Author of your life calling you and saying,
"All the days ordained for you were written before one of them came to be..."
"Take my yoke upon you, learn from me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light..."
The call of Jesus is from another world. It is singular, solitary, it is matchless, and unrivaled. It is oblivious to race, reputation, or social standing, and will not compete with the desires of this world. And its most distinguishable mark is that when it is heeded, it sets you free.
Dude, you actually can't wait to read the next page, let alone the next chapter.