From the DayBreaks archive, August 2010:
How do you remind yourself of truly important things? I’m not talking about what time you want to each lunch. I’m talking about birthdays of family members and friends, wedding anniversaries, anniversaries of the death of a love one that you want to commemorate? Those are important things in this life to remember (as I’ve found out from my wife after forgetting that kind of thing from time to time!)
As important as those things are, however, they are not the most important things that we must deal with. The most important things are matters which transcend mortal life. Our problem is that we are all so tired up in mortal life that we don’t think much about our immortal souls. That’s one reason we don’t think too much about the life ahead of us – the other is that we simply don’t want to contemplate what it takes for us to move from this life to the next.
I recently read an interview given by Andy Crouch, a Christian writer and thinker, who was being interviewed for part of a series on Patheos.com about “The Future of Evangelicalism.” He had many things to say which deserve attention and contemplation, but one thing in particular which really struck me was when he described his own walk, and how he starts each day (and repeats many times throughout the day) a simple 3-sentence prayer that isn’t so much a prayer as a reminder of truly momentous truths. It goes like this: There is another who lives in me. There is another who completes me. There is another whose righteousness is mine.
Aren’t those great reminders, worthy of adopting as your own? Consider them briefly:
FIRST: There is another who lives in me. I am not in this struggle alone, though at times I may feel alone, this reminds me that someone else has taken up residence in me, One who promised to never leave me or forsake me. No matter how lonely I may be feeling at any moment, I have heavenly company at all times.
SECOND: Though I am not in the struggle alone, I often fail. I am far too incomplete in my devotion to God, my obedience, my trust, my faith, my love for God or my fellow-man. Yet, for all that I lack, there is One who completes me and will see to it that I am completed in the end.
THIRD: I’m not alone, and though I am incomplete, I will be completed in the most profound sense because my greatest need is righteousness – something I can NEVER grasp on my own. Thank God I don’t have to! Thank God that there is One who WAS and IS righteous, now and forevermore, and that He has given me the righteousness that comes from His infinite well of righteousness and as He sees me standing before Him, God sees ME as righteous! All glory to His name!
This day, join me in adopting this short 3-sentence prayer from Andy Crouch as my own. I need these reminders today – and my guess is that you could benefit from them, too!
PRAYER: Thank You Lord Jesus for living in us, for completing us, and for giving us Your infinite righteousness! In Jesus’ name, Amen.Copyright by 2020 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>