Tuesday, August 26, 2008

less of me....


so, i took a day off yesterday...well...from blogging at least. honestly, i knew what i wanted to write but just couldn't wrap my head around everything that had happened in the last week enough to put it into words. but, i'm going to try....

on monday last week, in the midst of my 100th blog post contest, i met bronwen healy. bronwen is an incredible women, with an incredible life journey (and it's not over yet), that has made the choice to devote her life to help those that have walked or are walking where she's walked. she began a non-profit called hope foundation where you kind find more of her story. she's also written a book called trophy of grace that you should definitely pick up.

bronwen was here with her amazingly talented friend caitlyn turner, all the way from australia to speak at our church. they'll be traveling all over the states for the next 4 weeks. god is blessing their ministry tremendously, and it is incredible to such a small part of what they did here.

the thing that really resonated with me last week was something bronwen kept saying..."less of me and more of you....because on my own i can't be trusted." i realized that in most things in my life...i only really trust god once i've figured out a "logical" way that i'm going to proceed. is that really trusting god?

so, i started this morning....first thing....saying "less of me lord and more of you, cause on my own i can't be trusted." i really believe that he's got better stuff for me then i could ever come up with alone. more protection. more favor. more security. but more then what i get out of it...i say it because he deserves it. and i don't. i know that.

take care...

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

well said j!

Bronwen and Caitlyn shared so many amazing truths! What a great weekend at FCC.

Nicky

Cheryl said...

Sounds like I missed an amazing week! I don't know what she's been through but 'less of me.... because on my own I can't be trusted' sounds like something we all could live by!

I'll do some more searching for them, I did try one day last week - but sometimes my internet service reminds me that I live in the FROZEN north land!

Glad you had a wonderful week!

vsossaman said...

What a lesson to learn or at least start learning. Most of us hard heads that are relatively smart, think we are doing God a favor by helping him out by orchestrating a plan. But what God typically does is bring us down to our face on the floor in only the way that he can do and then ask," Do I now have your attention". All of the " Greats "since Christ's time and forward learned that his way first is always the best way, and that indeed the yoke is incredibly heavy on our own.If we dare allow him to become more, ultimately making us less, what people would see in us is a much better picture than trying in our own flesh. Perhaps we might begin to see life and people as Christ would see and our selfish interests would definately take back seat to what is important. Lots to think about, having more of him and less of me. Thanks

Pastor's Perspective said...

It's the humble confession of the "On my own I can't be trusted" part that makes this such a powerful petition. It's a God-honoring desire that is rooted in honesty. Eloquent, but revealing. A prayer that God longs to answer daily, and one we need answered daily (ie. we'll never not need to pray this - its a 365 day heart's cry).

Chelle said...

I agree with Steve. For the last year that has been my prayer.... less of me, more of you. BUT - it's the "on my own I can't be trusted" part that really hit me between the eyes. What a great week. SO hard to put into words. Thanks for sharing J.

bronwenhealyhope said...

i am so blessed that this has resonated with you...and beyond.
MAY WE ALL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN -----and never live a day without saying it like we mean it. i mean if it's good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for us, right ?

Lauren said...

It's a lesson that I continually have to be reminded of, thanks for being a reminder! I am thankful that more than once God has thrown my logical plan out the window for His crazy plan that of course always turns out far better than what I had in mind! When I leap without God, I fall on my face, but when I leap with Him I soar. Outwardly it doesn't always look that way, but the Bible doesn't say we'll be glorified on earth! It says we'll be seen as fools! But it's well worth it since ultimately Jesus will be glorified and we will share in His inheritance!

Gena said...

Sounds like it was a great time. Great thoughts Jeramy.

Natalie said...

Well, before Bronwen spoke on Sunday at 1st service I kept hearing in my spirit "There is a consequence for every choice in life." I had just spent the day before with my mom's extended family...
(too much to type here so I have to move on, just know it is tied to this.)
Wasn't that like the third thing that Bronwen said when she got up to speak? I was floored... I was very touched by her honesty, sharing and "realness."

"On my own I can't be trusted" as well as our lives will reflect our choices. So amazing! Thanks for sharing this Jeramy...

Carrie Hasson said...

less of me, and more of HIM...
i like it!
i also love
be what you believe.
Matt's coming home, for real this time!
God is good!
you just gotta have a little faith right?!