. . . And another thing Father. I really do wonder if any of the original disciples ever would have followed you if they were 21st century North Americans. If I read my bible correctly, it appears there wasn't a long period of time between Jesus invitation to "Follow me," and a decision to actually follow. I don't read about Peter, James and John taking days, weeks, and months to ruminate on Jesus invitation to follow. As far as I can tell, they heard Jesus' invitation, they dropped what they were doing, and they followed. But Father, we North Americans, have this "I'll get around to it when I'm ready" brand of discipleship. We take in biblical information, then we weigh it for how much we like or dislike it, then we might start to consider what it would be like to actually apply the information, and finally (maybe) after a long period time we get around to actually following Jesus. We call Jesus our "Lord," but I'm not so sure Jesus really is our Lord when everything He invites us into receives an "I'll get around to it when I'm ready" kind of response. I wonder if this brand of discipleship feels like a stall tactic to you dear Father; stalling to delay obedience, stalling to die to ourselves, and stalling to live for you rather than for ourselves. It's no wonder that the spread of your Gospel is arrested in a country filled with "disciples" so well versed in such stall tactics . . .