It’s been a while since I last wrote much on here. There are a couple of reasons why. For one, I haven’t felt that I’ve had the time to sit down and write; there’s been plenty going on. A more solid reason for lack of posts is the fact that it’s been hard to write down and explain the things that I’ve been learning and thinking on lately. But, I’m going to attempt it today. As the title portrays I really have no set direction in which I plan to have this post go. I’ll just write, and if it turns out into a post-able piece, I shall post it :) So here goes…
I just finished the book Think: the Life of the Mind and the Love of God by John Piper. I will say it took a lot of thinking to think with John Piper on thinking about thinking (or something like that). It was good though. One large thing that it brought to mind for me was how all things–obviously the focus in this book being thinking, but all things nevertheless–exist to bring glory to the Lord, and therefore pride has no place in a believer’s life. If there’s been a very convicting thought on my mind of late it’s that there’s a lot of pride in my life.
“Take My Life and Let it Be” by Francis Havergal–it’s one of my favorite hymns, and I sing it often as a prayer that God would truly make that my life mindset and constant attitude.
Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.
Have I offered everything to Christ or am I holding back? Prideful thoughts have no room to stand among prayers such as these. If I have given myself fully to the Lord there is no portion of myself that can seek its self-esteem. There is nothing in my life that has the liberty to seek any honor for itself.
And how well am I doing portraying to those around me the fact that I pray “Take myself and I will be ever, only, all for Thee”? If I pray that, I must be willing and eager to allow myself to be used up for the Lord in whatever way He feels best. That means when God chooses that my days need to be spent a good deal in serving my family around the home, I can’t complain (that’s never justified, of course, whether or not you’re singing “Take My Life” each day); I should rather find joy in seeking to honor God in this way.
Also, when a person sees the wretchedness of pride, it will drive them to prayer…prayer that the pride will be rooted from their life and prayer that God will be glorified. They’ll also pray more about each thing they face and each thing they struggle with. When one’s recognized honestly–not because we know it’s true but because we’ve experienced it–that we are utterly dependent upon God’s grace, seeking to do things in our own power (or worry about the fact that we can’t accomplish/change things) is seen to be absurd.
And so, I need humility to pray. I need prayer to seek humility. All in all, I need God’s continual grace in my life to conform me more and more to the image of Christ. And I praise Him that He is a loving Father abundantly patient even with me!