Joy in a Chicken Sandwich

How David Crowder met God in the mall food court.
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One Great Sandwich

In high school, David Crowder attended church on Sunday mornings and youth group on Wednesday nights. He scheduled quiet time with God every day. These were the specific times David shared his life with Christ.

"I had put God in little time blocks where I'd experience him," David says. "One day, God showed up in the middle of the day where I didn't expect him to poke his head up. In that moment, my view of God expanded."

Believe it or not, this big moment happened in a mall food court. "When you think spirituality or experiences of God, you're thinking church and praise hymns," David says. "But it was over a fast-food sandwich. I took one bite and was like, 'This is the best chicken sandwich ever.' I was feeling down, and this sandwich was like the re-discovery of joy. So here I am sitting in a mall food court with tears coming to my eyes."

Right then, David realized that everything good in life comes from the giver of good, God. And he can pop up anytime, not just Sundays and quiet times. He's everywhere. "God's at work in places that we wouldn't suspect him to be at work," David said. "That's when I realized that every second is an opportunity for us to experience God. There's not a second he's not there and available to us."

David shares more stories like this in his books Praise Habit (Nav Press) and Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven But Nobody Wants To Die (Relevant).

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