Christ [is] the very essence of all delights and pleasures, the very soul and substance of them. As all the rivers are gathered into the ocean, which is congregation or meeting-place of all waters in the world: so Christ is that ocean in which all true delights and pleasures meet. . . .
His excellencies are pure and unmixed; he is a sea of sweetness without one drop of gall.
—John Flavel, The Method of Grace, from Sermon XII.
I met Jesus Christ at Young Life’s Saranac Village at the age of 17. I had known my entire life that “Jesus died for my sins,” but I had never understood what that meant. What I decided at Saranac at the age of 17 was that I wanted a relationship with Jesus Christ more than I wanted anything else in this world. During that week, I made him the center of my life.
I made Jesus the center of my life because I saw in him a level of love, truth and permanence that is unmatched in this world. Jesus is real, he is good, he loves me and will forever.
Like John Flavel, I believe that Jesus is the “essence of all delights” and have spent my life helping others, especially young people, see him for who he is and follow him.