Saturday, May 3, 2008

Fellowship of the Unashamed

Tammy reads this as part of her talk at almost every Coffee Group speaking engagement! And you will see why it strikes such a cord with people. She gets frequent requests for it to be printed, etc., so we are simply putting it one more place for people to see. Be blessed:

"I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His and 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 done and finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, or first, or tops, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded. I live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by Holy Spirit power.

My face is set. My gait is fast. My goal is heaven. My road may be narrow, my way rough, my companions few, but my guide is reliable and my mission is clear. I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice or hesitate in the presence of the adversary. I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder 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, and preached up for the cause of Christ.

I am a disciple of Jesus. I must give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And when He does come for His own, He’ll have no problems recognizing me. My banner will be clear!

-Found among the papers of a young Zimbabwe pastor after he was martyred

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Joanie said...

Hey Sweet Sistahs!

Thanks so much for being at our Altamesa retreat this weekend. It was really great and YOU had so much to do with that. Thanks for sharing your very personal and very touching "God Stories" and for helping us realize that we are not alone in so many struggles that we have in our life - especially the ones that we feel like we must keep to ourselves. Your presence was such a blessing and I hope your trip back to the HOLY CITY went well and Donna is doing OK re-adjusting to the wonders of small-town life! It took me until my senior year at ACU to figure out how to endure Abilene for the weekend and I didn't have to be gone from it long before I realized what a special and unique place it really is. Thanks for blessing us and encouraging us and I look forward to crossing your paths some day in Abilene or at the local firearms store! Keep up the good work!

I love you with the Love of our Lord!

Joanie Morrison