Sunday, January 16, 2011

Follow You

Not too complicated of a post today, just the chorus of Chris Tomlin's "I Will Follow You" that I have decided I want to always be the core prayer of my heart:
Where You go, I'll go.
Where You stay, I'll stay.
When You move, I'll move;
I will follow You.
Who You love, I'll love.
How You serve, I'll serve.
If this life I lose,
I will follow you.
Reminds me of the Wesley Covenant Prayer that I first prayed at worship in the Duke Youth Academy. I wore a ring on my left hand fourth finger for 5 years after that, to remind me of its significance and importance:
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.
Kind of like how Ruth left her homeland and told Naomi, "Where you go, I'll go; your people will be my people." I want my life to be like that with Jesus. Ok, so not everything I do is going to succeed. But that's not a statement about my worth, because I am like a child, well loved, a child of God. God won't love me any less if I mess up, AND God won't love me more if I succeed at finishing my to-do list (as a hypothetical example). God just...loves me. Undeserved love. What could be more beautiful? And what better, safe, beautiful place to live in, than the loving will of my heavenly Father?

Who knows where it'll take me, but there's freedom in knowing that my home will always be where I am fully living into God's will, and that that place is not tied to a locale or religious tradition or habit or ritual or activity. Thinking about it makes me sort of get that feel of a "peace that passes understanding"...ah, God is good :)

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