On this Ash Wednesday – as we begin the Lent Season – I wanted to share this quote that I discovered through various blogs. It’s haunting and compelling – all at the same time. I’m not sure the exact source of this quote as I’ve read different things. But I believe this comes from a young African pastor; this quote was found amongst his possessions or papers after he was martyred. This quote, supposedly, is shared in Brennan Manning’s book, “The Signature of Jesus.” Please excuse me if I may have mistaken the facts…
During the Lent season, it’s become ‘trendy’ to give something up for the 40 days leading up to Holy Saturday (day before Resurrection Sunday) but often times, even the things we give up tend to serve ourselves – sugar, soda, chocolate, etc. While I’m not discouraging the idea of giving something up, let me propose something radical during this Lent season: Focus on Jesus. Here’s the quote but beware:
“I’m a 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 colors will be clear!”