It can be a good thing if deeper theology, or philosophy, only makes one more uncertain. It may lead to a healthy doubt; he may throw his hands up saying, ‘God, I just don’t know anymore. If you’re out there, I’m giving it all to you.’ From there, after the surrender, he is allowing God himself, rather than theories, books, and documents, to take over and lead him into all truth.
If I get up just one less time than the number of times I’ve been knocked down, I have done one of the most devastating things possible; I have halted my life at that very spot.
When you surrender, you live in eager anticipation of the surprise. The dual weights of yearning and despair are cast off.
One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime.
Anoint me with “Fresh Oil” O God! Mold me and make me…totally for Your use! You are the potter, I am the clay. Amen
We know enough to know that all of this is not quite right. And we know enough to know that settling for what’s not quite right is quite wrong.
To get over the past, you first have to accept that the past is over. No matter how many times you revisit it, analyze it, regret it, or sweat it…it’s over. It can hurt you no more.
Giving up everything must mean giving over everything to kingdom purposes, surrendering everything to further the one central cause, loosening our grip on everything. For some of us, this may mean ridding ourselves of most of our possessions. But for all of us it should mean dedicating everything we retain to further the kingdom. (For true disciples, however, it cannot mean hoarding or using kingdom assets self-indulgently.)
No matter how much you stress or obsess about the past or future, you can’t change either one. In the present is where your power lies.
All I want in this life are three…
a moonlit beach on the starlit sea,
a breath of opium,