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Topic: I SURRENDER ALL (to God) (don’t write about the song) (05/07/15)
- TITLE: My name is All
By KC Lemmer
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To be honest, I’m grateful I have this time between work and home to clear my head; the things I have been hearing on the news disturb me. Come, let me show you one of the things that is going on in my country at the moment, and therefore, in my life.
Over here, sitting and discussing it animatedly, is my government. Like everywhere, there are some people of real integrity who are honourable and admirable leaders; and then there are others, like that man over there, who brings more harm than good.
Only this morning I heard an announcement that disturbs me. It is to do with faith and freedom of faith. In my country, there are many faiths, and yes, we don’t agree on everything, but the plans underway could affect us all. They are speaking about sanctions on extremism. But to one who has no faith, what is extremism? Is it reading the Bible with my children every night? Is it going to church on Sundays and on week days? Is it saying I have a relationship with a living God? How far will extremism be interpreted? My freedom is in jeopardy if the definition of extremism cuts out my right to believe in Truth – the Truth that brings peace, restoration and life to people.
I have always been a man of faith, right from the age of seven when I chose to be a follower of Christ. But now my faith is teetering. The decisions and choices that I am going to have to make will affect not only me, but my wife and my two young ones. To what extent does my faith define me? To what extent do I make choices based on my faith when it comes to understanding and fitting in with my society?
Look to that side of my government. Do you see that group watching? They are a group that desires freedom – freedom to do anything and everything. They don’t particular like me. We have had a few run-ins due to the fact that I have clear instructions which are part of my faith that I choose to follow. Their views on me range from boring to someone who is in a cult. And to the other side of my government, you can see an eclectic group of people watching on. The decisions that will be made are going to influence them too, some greater than others. For some, it will push them further away from their faith, and for others, closer to choosing to have a faith.
So where do I stand? I stand on the side of faith. Not a faith that steals, kills and destroys, but a faith that brings life and freedom to all who believe in Him. How will this affect me? Well, what makes up me? My job, my hobbies, my times alone, my friends, my community, my church, my security, my wealth, my family and everything to do with loving and protecting them – all of it, it’s all who I am. Can I limit any section of it? Can I shield any of it from the personal decisions I must make when it comes between choosing to be a man of faith or anything else that society might want me to be? No. My relationship with Jesus is, and must be, stronger than any other relationship; my love for Him must be stronger than any other love and comfort.
It’s my 30th birthday today. I cannot stand here any longer, worrying about the uncertainties of life. My name is All. I have a little family waiting for me to come home. But one thing I know, in every way, in every day, I choose to surrender All.
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