By Phillip Hamm

   The “Beast” is the largest inflatable obstacle course in the world. To put its massive size into perspective, the course spans a space that’s larger than two football fields and is made up of 528,000 gallons of air. In total, it weighs some 12,000 pounds, is 839 feet long and is composed of 32 different obstacle course pieces.

   The owners have plans to add additional parts to make it an even 1,000 feet long in the near future. The videos make it look like fun. College students are laughing as they run and jump, weave and bounce their way to the end. But as I looked at it, I thought about what it would be like if one of those was set up in my life. What if I had to run through that course every time I wanted something to eat? Or drink? Or to use the bathroom?!! Very quickly the obstacles would lose their entertainment value and become burdensome.

   I think our spiritual life is a lot like that. We are faced with obstacles that keep us from growing in our faith. The daily grind of trying to get around them is exhausting. And we begin to dread their very existence.

   How badly do you want to overcome those obstacles? What if God had a plan for you to do so? What if that plan was absolutely crazy? To prepare your heart and mind for worship today read Joshua 6.

Prepare for Worship
   As you prepare your heart for worship Sunday morning read Psalm 16.

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