Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… a few weeks ago I wrote to you about humility; I received many replies to that email. Thank you for your insight.
One of our Fellowship Airport Chaplains, Pat Di-Fonzo, replied with a poem that he personally modified to become his “daily aspiration”.
As Pat put it, “Nothing is more precious in the presence of God than a Christian disciple who constantly seeks to be conformed to the image of His Son. So the question is: what does a 21st-century Christian disciple look like?” The following is Chaplain Pat’s “daily aspiration” as a disciple of Christ:
“Being Recreated in My Lord’s Resemblance
When I do not defend myself against offenses,
When I do not claim my rights, but I let God defend me,
That Silence is Meekness.
When I do not reveal the faults of my brothers to others,
When I readily forgive without inquiring into the past,
When I do not judge but pray in my heart,
That Silence is Mercy.
When I accept suffering without grumbling, but joyfully,
When I do not look for human consolations,
When I do not become too anxious, but wait faithfully for God’s promises to be fulfilled,
That Silence is Patience.
When I seek no competition,
When I consider my neighbour better than myself,
When I let my Christian brothers emerge, grow and mature,
When I joyfully surrender all things to the Lord Jesus,
When my actions may be misunderstood, but I leave to others the glory to be claimed,
That Silence is Humility.
When I am still because I know that God will act on my behalf,
When I renounce the voice of the world to remain in the presence of Jesus,
When I do not strive to be understood because it is enough for me
to know that the Lord understands me,
That Silence is Faith.
When I embrace the cross with unreserved obedience,
That Silence is Adoration.”
Thank you, Pat. This poem is golden. The prophet Isaiah reminds us, “in quietness and trust is your strength” (Isaiah 30:15 NIV). Silence. That’s something few of us practice. Silence is likely one of the spiritual disciplines we need to exercise more often. If our world is to see Jesus more often and more clearly, than maybe shutting our mouths is the key… just a thought.
Have a blessed week,
P.S. Our Fellowship National Conference (November 10-12) is in Toronto, featuring special speakers Ed Stetzer and Dom Ruso. Check our website for more information.
Our 2014 Fellowship theme verse is:
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35 (NLT)