First Church of McDonald's
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6
Kurt Garland is a skinny guy -- but don't be fooled by his trim
appearance. He's aggressive on a basketball floor. ("The guy's
all elbows!" says a friend who guarded Kurt once) and a fount of
seemingly endless energy when pounding the drums for his
church's worship band.
Kurt's favorite fuel for all that energy is burgers and fries. This
kind is hungry all the time. He's always happy to eat your leftovers
and has no trouble eating a meal too big for most guys twice his
size. As a young teacher, he often left a sign in the middle-school
cafeteria saying, "Please leave all uneaten sandwiches for Mr. Gar-
"I'd feast on roast-beef day!" says Kurt, "None of those kids
liked the sandwiches, so there was always plenty left for me."
With such a healthy appetite, Kurt thought he'd found the
perfect job; manager at a local McDonald's! "Anything left over at
the end of the day was fair game. I never went home hungry."
Unfortunately, Kurt also had unhealthy appetites. "I was a
pretty hard person," he admits. "Drank a lot. Did drugs." He
hungered for something more in life, something deeper. He tried
to fill that hunger through partying, but he wasn't satisfied.
That was when he noticed something at work -- strange people
working with him. He confronted his coworkers. "What makes
you so different? You're joyful, you're happy. You don't cuss, you
don't drink, you don't really care about peer pressure. Why are you
These strange people had only one explanation: Jesus. They
were Christians, and during shifts at work they befriended Kurt and
told him more about Jesus Christ.
Kurt was interested but unwilling to make a change. Still, he
found something very attractive about these Christians. They all
started spending time together after work, building friendships beyond
One night they were relaxing, hanging out at a friend's house. The
conversation turned to Jesus, and eventually one friend asked Kurt if
he wanted to become a Christian.
The hunger burned inside Kurt's soul. He desperately wanted what
these people had, but he wasn't sure Jesus was truly all they said he
was. He mused for a minute, "OK. I'll try Jesus for thirty days and see
if it changes me."
Two decades later, Kurt laughs when recalling the "Jesus trial period."
Obviously, I kept on going. It was a very exciting time for me. It reached
a point where I was actually telling customers at McDonald's about
Jesus -- I almost got fired for it!"
Each day of that thirty-day trial (and each day since it), Kurt found him-
self irresistibly drawn to the Bible. He read it and asked many questions of
his Christian friends. During that time he discovered more about Jesus.
Jesus Christ truly was the nourishment his spirit had been craving for so
long. "I felt an overwhelming peace during that time. I was loved by God,
and it didn't matter what else people thought."
Twenty years later this skinny guy with a giant appetite still remembers
how he ate at McDonald's for fuel but found nourishment for his soul in the
For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth
life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this
bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to
me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
[ by Mike Nappa & Dr. Norm Wakefield, 'True Stories of Transformed Lives' -- from GAgirl@flash.net ]
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