The Worship Quote of the Week for (07/09/1996):

Losing the Lives of Our Dreams
This WORSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK is taken from the latest book by Craig Barnes,
the senior minister at National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.

"I have become convinced that Christianity is fundamentally an experience in
losing the lives of our dreams in order to receive the lives that Jesus died
to give us."

-- Craig Barnes, *When God Interrupts: Finding New Life through Unwanted
Change,* IVPress, 1996

[The first time I read this, it made me squirm. I was very uncomfortable with
the thought of being called to give up my dreams; but then I remembered the
rich young ruler and the eye of the needle (Luke 18), and Jesus' troubling
words about losing my life (Matthew 10:39), or his encouragement to be the
servant, not the master (Matthew 20:26). WOW! How could the great healer say,
"For judgment I came into the world, that those who do not see may see; and
that those who see may become blind"? (John 9:39)]

Lord, forgive our blindness and give us sight. Help us to see the difference
between the "lives of our dreams" and the lives that you want for us.

Have a great week,
Chip Stam