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Topic: I SURRENDER ALL (to God) (don’t write about the song) (05/07/15)
- TITLE: My Walk
By Tyler Morgan
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All through high school and into college I always claimed to be a Christian. Did I have any idea how a Christian lives their life? No. What was my proof for being a Christian? I went to a Christian school as a kid. How could I not be Christian? This mindset of simply telling people that I was Christian, while I drank whatever I wanted and slept with whomever I wanted, was the way I lived until my senior year of college.
I was fortunate to have solid Christian men in my life that I grew close to, but I still lived a lifestyle that they never agreed with. I couldn’t avoid drinking myself into blackouts and chasing girls at parties.
These friends never gave up on me and never showed me anything but love, which I now know was Christ reaching out to me. I heard a sermon taken from the story in Mark 2 where Jesus heals a paraplegic. The men in the story saw Jesus as the only person that could heal their friend, and they could not stand to see their friend struggle anymore when healing was possible. They literally carried their friend, and even cut a hole in a roof, to bring their friend to the feet of Jesus.
This message on this night struck a chord with me in a way that I have never felt the Word move in my life ever. I knew then that God was reaching out to me and calling me into His arms at that moment. That night I committed my life to Christ and it was the most incredible feeling I have experienced. As I prayed to God that night I truly felt Him physically holding me, and with that came an overwhelming rush of emotion. I knew that God was with me, and had been the whole time, and my life was now truly beginning. It was at that moment when I realized that God was always holding me in his arms, but now it was time for me to accept His love and completely surrender my selfish desires to him. A flash of lightning seemed to explode inside my head and God showed me the things that were tearing me down and things that, if I didn’t surrender, would only continue to bring me down. The idea of surrendering in life is something that young boys are taught is a negative thing, but when it has become clear to me that the bravest thing a young man can do is to surrender himself to Christ and to try to seek after God’s plan.
I pray that anyone reading this would be encouraged to recognize the things that they know are getting in the way of reaching their full potential and that they would be encouraged to give them up. It is never an easy process, but God promises that the end result is much better than the process. Much like heaven will be much better than our short lives on this earth. Giving something up is not an overnight process and we must remember that Satan loves to attack us at the moments when we are most intentional about seeking God.
Surrender yourself to the Lord,
and wait patiently for him.
Do not be preoccupied with an evildoer
who succeeds in his way when he carries out his schemes.
Be strong. Surrender.
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