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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Friday
    Oct122012

    A Timely Song

    There is nothing wrong with being fashionable. But every once in a while I find myself in a funk, because I am too poor to be as fashionable as I would like.

     

    In looking at websites full of soft, colorful (new) clothes or catalogs bursting with sparkling jewelry, I all too easily become discontented with my current attire.

     

    My clothes are old (some ten years and more), hand-me-downs, and Goodwill finds, most of which don’t fit properly anymore (four babies will do that to you). “Oh what I wouldn’t give for $1000 to completely redo my wardrobe”, I sighed.

     

    My closet doors are off as we wait to raise funds for new ones, so my (comparatively) small, stuffed, 1950’s closet stares me down. I make plans to reorganize it tomorrow while I list my other chores and listen to my Ipod, still wishing I could revamp it with new clothes.

     

    Suddenly a song comes on I didn’t realize (and don’t remember) putting on “Little Blue” (the name for my Ipod)--Clay Crosse’s “I Surrender All”. I know the song very well; It is one of my favorites, but I haven’t heard it in a long time. The lyrics are:

     

    I have wrestled in the darkness of this lonely pilgrim land
    Raising strong and mighty fortresses that I alone command
    But these castles I've constructed by the strength of my own hand
    Are just temporary kingdoms on foundations made of sand

    In the middle of the battle I believe I've finally found
    I'll never know the thrill of victory till I'm willing to lay down
    All my weapons of defense and earthly strategies of war
    So I'm laying down my arms and running helplessly to Yours

    Chorus:

    I surrender all my silent hopes and dreams
    Though the price to follow costs me everything
    I surrender all my human soul desires
    If sacrifice requires that all my kingdoms fall
    I surrender all

    If the source of my ambition is the treasure I obtain
    If I measure my successes on a scale of earthly gain
    If the focus of my vision is the status I attain
    My accomplishments are worthless and my efforts are in vain

    So I lay aside these trophies to pursue a higher crown
    And should You choose somehow to use the life I willingly lay down
    I surrender all the triumph for it's only by Your grace
    I relinquish all the glory, I surrender all the praise

    I surrender all my silent hopes and dreams
    Though the price to follow costs me everything
    Well I surrender all my human soul desires
    If sacrifice requires that all my kingdoms fall
    I surrender all

    Everything I am, all I've done, and all I've known
    Now belongs to You, the life I live is not my own
    Just as Abraham laid Isaac on the sacrificial fire
    If all I have is all that You desire
    I surrender all

    I surrender all my human soul desires
    If sacrifice requires that all my kingdoms fall
    That all my kingdoms fall, that all my kingdoms fall
    I surrender all

     

    (From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/c/clay-crosse-lyrics/i-surrender-all-lyrics.html)

    The chorus and second verse really got to me. I felt ashamed, silly, and repentant all at once. I cried, smiled, and by the end of the song decided to clean out my closet for others instead of desiring more for myself.

     

    And that is what I did today. My clothes are still old and don’t fit quite right, but I can keep warm, modest, and with a little creativity I can make this look good. 

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