Monday, December 20, 2010

An {Atypical} Christmas Wish for You

I don't know how often I'll be posting over the next week or two.  I'll have the urge to, but I might just go on and fight that urge, allowing myself to relax into the Spirit of the season.  But before I sign off for a little while I wanted to share something with you.

It's not Christmas-y in the sense that we're used to, but it's focus clearly along the right lines.  At a time when our eyes are drawn to that precious Babe in the manger, let's look ahead at the same time.  Let's allow our vision to expand and take in the whole picture of God's plan- His plan for His Son, this world, and for us in the midst of it all.

A new (and already dear) friend of mine shared this prayer with me in a group setting not too long ago.  It is a prayer that was written by a missionary, found only after he was martyred.  You can read more about his story and how my friend, Kim, came to learn of it here.  

My Christmas wish/prayer for you is that you can make parts of this prayer your own, releasing the pulls and pressures of this world to align yourself with the One who was and is and is to come.  I will warn you-  this prayer holds power.  I feel it every time I read it- I get the chills and tears well up in my eyes.  Also, I beseech you to read it out loud (if you're not in a public place- hey- maybe even if you are).  There is such power in the spoken word.  

Merry Christmas, friends.

I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. 
I have the Holy Spirit power. 
The die has been cast. 
I have stepped over the line. 
The decision has been made—I’m a disciple of his. 
I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. 
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. 
I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. 
I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. 
I now live by faith, lean on his presence, walk by patience, am uplifted by prayer, and labor with power.
My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my Guide is reliable, my mission is clear. 
I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. 
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the enemy, pander at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won’t give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ. 
I am a disciple of Jesus. 
I must keep going until he comes, give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until he stops me. 
And, when he comes for his own, he will have no problem recognizing me. 
My banner will be clear.
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  1. Thank you for sharing this, it's lovely.

  2. As I sit here in my 9th grade school classroom, having a first hour plan period, I am praying in the name of Jesus Christ that my room with be filled with the Holy Spirit today! That greater is He who is in me then he who is in the world, and all demons must leave this vicinity! I am praying for my students as today we will be watching The Nativity. I am also praying for the words to speak as I read from Luke 2 the historical account of Jesus' birth. I am praying for words to express the importance of knowing the story because of the historical impact it has had on our culture, while still yet demonstrating the Christian perspective! God give me the words to speak! Thank you so much for sharing this today! It is exactly what I needed at this moment! Keep my students in your prayers today through Wednesday, as I will be showing the film each hour. Have a blessed day!
    Megan Jenelle

  3. If you drop out of Blogland for a short time in order to relax and enjoy the season, that's a good thing.

    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and New Year of 2011.

  4. That's powerful!

    Thanks and have a great Christmas.

    Aunt V.

  5. Humbled & blessed to call you sister! Thanks for your clear banner. May you and your family experience the wonder and joy of God-with-us this Christmas - and beyond! With love/faith/hope & joy, kjs :O)

  6. I hope you all have a very merry Christmas too and thank you for sharing these beautiful words with us.

  7. Holy smokes.... gives me goosebumps!! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Wow, that is a very forward thinking prayer. Not typically spoken/written and therefore...most wonderful. Thank you for sharing and have a very Merry Christmas!

  9. It's so funny that you posted this today - because we are staying at my brother in law's house and that prayer is framed in the room we are staying in and I just read it for the first time today! Love it!

  10. What beautiful words, thanks for sharing!

  11. Amazing! I need to put that on my wall!

  12. That's an awesome prayer. Tough words to live by. Then again, I can't do it in my own strength. In His strength I pray that these words can be lived out. Thank you for sharing this!

    And, Merry Christmas to you and your family. Enjoy your bloggy break!

  13. This is so very beautiful!! I too am of this worthy and wonderful Life and Im so proud to be called HIS!! ox


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