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My Thinking Corner
(NB: Lady Cee aims to participate in this blog challenge on alternate Tuesdays)
Today, I’d like to focus our thoughts on the concept of SURRENDER.
Whenever I think of this word two images spring to mind.
- A wrestling match where one wrestler has the upper hand and is mean, standing (even jumping) without mercy upon an area of his opponent’s anatomy and causing pain until said opponent cries out or signals “I surrender!”
- A war situation where the battle is one-sided and a member of the losing side runs out hands in the air, or waving a white flag signalling complete surrender.
In today’s culture no one wants to surrender to another person. It speaks of weakness, or categorises us as losers and in some situations, it can even make us the victim.
However, the SURRENDER I wish to focus on today relates to our relationship with God, as purpose-driven believers and achievers. It is a surrender made because of love, not through fear. It is a surrender that completes us as children of God, rather than diminishes us as human beings.
The following are some thoughts gleaned from Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life.
Everybody eventually surrenders to something or to someone. If not to God, you will surrender to the opinions or expectations of others, to money, to resentment, to fear, or to your own pride, lusts or ego.
So let’s turn now and examine this concept – what does surrender to our Father-God look like?
Trust is an essential ingredient to surrender. You won’t surrender to God unless you trust him, but you can’t trust him until you know him better.
How well do you know God? Are you seeking to know him better?
Do you understand what true surrender is?
It is not passive resignation, an attitude of fatalism, or an excuse for being lazy.
It is not becoming a doormat or exhibiting cowardly behaviour.
It is not forsaking rational thinking.
Godly surrender is:
Our heartfelt response to God’s unconditional love and mercy.
Our sacrificial dedication of our lives in wholehearted worship and spiritual service.
Our yielding complete control of our lives into his care.
Warren tells us in no uncertain terms that:
…surrendering is never just a one-time event… There is a moment of surrender, and there is the practice of surrender, which is moment by moment and lifelong.
For Further Thought:
…the greatest hindrance to God’s blessing in your life is not others, it is yourself—your self-will, stubborn pride, and personal ambition. You cannot fulfil God’s purposes for your life while focusing on your own plans.
Thoughts are free from toll – William Camden
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