While my stories and takes on life are written for a general audience, I also enjoy writing about how we as Christians should live. Here’s another take.
Has anyone seen my summer camp feeling?
A lot of kids are coming back from Christian summer camps.
Many will be stepping back home as Christians for the first time in their life. For many of them, the closeness they feel today is like nothing they’ve ever experienced in their walk with Christ.
But what about those of us who are boring adults who aren’t allowed to go to camp anymore?
Re-re-re-dedicating my life
It dawned on me the other day as I shuffled downstairs for my eight second commute that part of the reason that I get blindsided from time to time by sin is because I am in need of re-re-re-dedicating my life.
I’m not making any major confessions here or declaring some horrendous sins that I need to repent from.
What I’m guilty of, like many Christians, is simple failure to remember that my first priority is to follow God and to allow my life to flow out from there. Instead, I let life wash over me at every opportunity and fit God in where I can.
So this past week, I’ve begun re-dedicating my life every morning. Whether it’s when the first groggy thoughts push the last dreams to the side or a few hours later when I remember, I’ve been saying a simple prayer: God, I re-dedicate my life to you right now. I want to live for You the way that I used to. I give you all of my life — my dreams, my stuff, my friends and family, and my desires.
Take Up Your Cross Daily
As I wandered through the week, I realized that this whole daily re-dedication sounded awfully familiar. Some time, someone important said about something doing something daily. Who was that again?
Oh yes, Jesus.
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.”
Take up my cross daily.
I think that over the years that I was lulled to sleep by the idea that thirty plus years as a Christian means that I can handle temptation that comes with every day life, but Jesus thinks different.
Some time tomorrow morning my eyes will blur to a new day and I’ll remember.
God, I re-dedicate my life …
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