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A Pledge of Gratitude

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1)

You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

We live in a society where there is a great sense of entitlement, an expectation of a comfortable, stress-free life. It was therefore very refreshing today to read this ‘pledge’ on the Think Theology blog:

Having been born into the kingdom of God, I do hereby acknowledge that God’s purchase of my life included all the rights and control of that life for all eternity. I do further acknowledge that He has not guaranteed me to be free from pain or to have success or prosperity. He has not guaranteed me perfect parents. He has not guaranteed me perfect children. He has not guaranteed me the absence of pressures, trials, misunderstandings or persecution. What He has promised me is eternal life. What He has promised me is abundant life. What He has promised me is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, meekness and self-control. He has given me all of Himself in exchange for the rights to my life. Therefore, I acknowledge this day the relinquishment of all my rights and expectations and humbly ask Him by His grace to replace these with a grateful spirit, for whatever in His wisdom He deems to allow for my life.

(Taken from Nancy Leigh DeMoss in her book Choosing Gratitude.)

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