Friday, April 16, 2010
Where to start...last night the Bates shared about what a needy country Denmark is. Afterwards I talked to Mrs. Bates and she said that it would be great if there were singles or couples willing to go there as tentmakers. She said that the Danes are more reserved than Southern Europeans and that the only place they really make relationships is at their job. So if one were to go and work alongside them, one could have many opportunities to develop relationships with them and share the gospel with them. She also said that immorality is pretty blatant there and that there are red light districts. Oh, the pain those people must be going through! They are searching, but no one will go and tell them! I will. I will go. Lord, here’s my life. I realize that my plans to make movies and work in a recording studio are very selfish and me-focused. But now I am dead. You died for me so that I (who no longer live, but Christ lives through me) might live for You, who died for the sake of those “every man”s all around the world. I am willing to work in the deserts of Africa, willing to labor on the plains of Uruguay, willing to translate the Bible in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, and willing to labor as a tentmaker in the forgotten fields of Denmark. But I don’t have the strength; I don’t have the knowledge. I’m not even out of high school. I don’t have extraordinary abilities, crowd-drawing talents, or dazzling smarts. I forget to pray, I struggle to get out of my box, I grow weary of my schoolwork, and I have bad attitudes at times. You love me just the way I am, but too much to leave me like this. By the power of Your Spirit in me, I can change; I can grow to be more like You. Let me never forget that I am here to know You and to make You known. I don’t know where You are leading me, but I trust You completely. Take my life, and use it for Your glory. Take my heart, and make it ever more like You. Take my voice and lips, use them to spread Your message of salvation and truth. Take my hands, and let them show Your love and kindness to others. Take my feet, may they ever serve to spread Your good news to others. Take my mind, and use any knowledge that it contains to glorify Yourself and to show Your truth to the world. Take all that is within me, Abba; I offer myself as a living sacrifice to You. Control me with Your Spirit, fill me with Your love to share with others, and give me grace to live as You would live; grant me life that I might spread Your joy to others.