Thursday, August 18, 2011

I have decided...

...to follow Jesus

...I have decided to follow Jesus

...I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.

I taught the kids this song last week. It is one of my favorites. The lyrics are so simple, so sweet.

The cross before me, the world behind me, the cross before me, the world behind me....

Though none go with me, still I will follow. Though none go with me, still I will follow...

My greatest prayer, my strongest desire, my deepest hope for them is that they will make a personal decision to follow Jesus. And it truly does have to be their own decision. They can't follow because mom and dad asked them to or because we love God. They have to decide to follow because they realize the deep yearning and longing within their soul is because they were created to be in a personal relationship with the God who knit them in two separate womb's and brought them together to be in the same family.

Following Jesus isn't about their parent's religion.

Following Jesus isn't about them being 'spiritual.'

Following Jesus isn't about them attending a church service on Sunday or reciting prayers.

Following Jesus is about accepting an invitation from the outstretched hand of our Almighty God and clinging to it tightly through the peaks and valleys of this life.

Samuel and Lauren, every day I pray that you will decide to follow. And then I pray that you will always run hard after Him.

You can listen to the Selah version of I Have Decided here, or the Samuel version below....



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