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Topic: I SURRENDER ALL (to God) (don’t write about the song) (05/07/15)
TITLE: Surrender Isn't For Sissies or Cowards
By Lollie Hofer
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On the altar I sacrifice myself to thee.
I lay my life gladly at Your feet,
I must admit, this surrender stuff is ever so sweet.
Hey, pretty good so far, if I must say so myself. Look at itâ€¦I even have words that rhyme. For me thatâ€™s a miracle. And I do, Lord, I give all I am to you. You can have every part of my being. I am a book lying open before You. I open my heart completely to You. Well, except for that one tiny compartment in behind the pulmonary valve. That oneâ€™s closed off tighter than a girdle four sizes too small. You canâ€™t expect me to forgive that kid who hit my brand new car all because he was stupid enough to text and drive. Well, anyway, as I was sayingâ€¦
Lord, I joyfully surrender my will to You,
I will obey by being faithful and true.
Not my will but Yours be done
This surrendering thing is a lot of fun.
I do surrender my will to You. I want Your thoughts to be my thoughts and Your ways to be my ways. Iâ€™ll do whatever you ask me to do and Iâ€™ll go wherever you ask me to go as long as it is San Diego, California, of course. There are plenty of sun worshippers in San Diego who need to know you, Lord. Thereâ€™s absolutely no reason for me to go overseas to a third world country since a multitude of heathens abound in the good olâ€™ U.S.A. too. I mean, I might be expected to eat monkey brain or something even grosser. Is there anything grosser than monkey brain? Ew. No can do, Lord. Certainly, You wouldnâ€™t want me to deny myself Wi-Fi and some of the finer things in life not available in the middle of a steaming, hot jungle. Itâ€™s San Diego all the way. Well, anyway, as I was sayingâ€¦
Lord, I freely surrender all I own and more,
Knowing I canâ€™t take it through heavenâ€™s door.
Itâ€™s Yours to use in whatever way You may,
Surrender feels so good, what a glorious day.
I mean it, Lord. All that I have Youâ€™ve blessed me with anyway. Itâ€™s all Yours, every last thing I own. Of course, it would be nice if I could hang on to that speed boat just a little while longer. I know my family regularly misses church during the summer but the way I look at it, that speed boat YOU blessed us with is a great witnessing tool. Weâ€™re the only boat on the river that is booze-free and I know itâ€™s a testimony which speaks volumes to the other boaters. They see us shining our lights for You. Who knows, maybe one day there will be a great harvest because of it. Theyâ€™ll learn to worship You instead of the sun. Letâ€™s face it, that speed boat will look sweet in the bay once I move to San Diego. Well, anyway, as I was sayingâ€¦
Lord, I willfully surrender my life no matter the cost,
Iâ€™ll shed my own blood for those who are lost.
Dying daily, Your work I will share,
Showing others (in San Diego) how much You do care.
Now wait a minute, Lord. Thereâ€™s no way You would expect me to die for You. Right? Youâ€™re the one who had to die, not me. I get why the apostles had to die and maybe even other Christians in those heathen nations but not me. You know, I figured if it ever comes to denying You or theyâ€™ll take my life, Iâ€™ll cross both fingers behind my back so Youâ€™ll know I seriously didnâ€™t mean it and in the process save my own skin. If all Christians were killed then who would be left to witness to others? And donâ€™t even get me started on Paulâ€™s dying daily thing. If I really did die daily on behalf of others, there wouldnâ€™t be anything left of me. I would simply fade away into submission being a servant to You and to others.
Who am I kidding, Lord? This surrender thing is tougher than I thought it would be and Iâ€™m not sure itâ€™s for me. I need to ponder it a little longer, yet even I have to admit, surrender isnâ€™t for sissies or cowards. One thing is for sure, I nailed the poetry thing. Right, Lord?
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