I had a student ask me today if I was going to Blog about my re-birthday… shoutout to Miller… and as I went through the day in reflection, I decided there was something to say.
So, today is my 25th re-birthday. 25 years ago, during our very first Dnow at my church where I grew up (Eastmont Baptist in Montgomery, Alabama) ,I felt the Holy Spirit prompting my heart. I cannot tell you what the person preaching was talking about, all I heard was… Rebecca, I am more than just your Savior… I need to be your Lord…. I remember the Sanctuary (now the fellowship hall) seeming so small. I was so ready for the person talking to stop. I had to tell somebody! Jesus was more than just someone who died on the cross for my sins…. yes, He did that, and yes, that is important! But following Him is more than just being a “Christian” and knowing all about Scripture, attending a church service, getting baptized, … and the list goes on…. it is more than what we do and where we go. While all those things are important and we should glorify Him by our actions; It is so much more!
It is living daily striving to have Him as the leader of my day… and when I step ahead and mess up… realizing His grace and forgiveness are sufficient. Since that day… March 9th has been a day of reflection
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
I am so thankful for His grace and mercy. So thankful for His love and hope. No telling where I would be without it. As I begin my 26th year in this journey being a follower of Christ, I pray that those around me witness my victories and defeats, success and failure as someone who is not perfect, but desires to love those around me with His love. Because, isn’t it really about loving God, loving people, and as I am going, making disciples?
Thankful He is in control. Thankful He is my Savior and Lord… Lord grant me the wisdom to daily take up my cross and follow you.
“…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. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?