I am overwhelmed…
Fast forward several days. I wrote the sentence above a few days ago. I wrote it, then had to step away to ponder the remainder of this post, and what I felt called to share. Let me tell you a little about how this blog came to be.
I spend a lot of my time with my Hallowed Father while listening to music, and I have recently found an artist that really speaks to me at this particular moment in time. So going forward, I am going to suggest a song or album with each blog entry.
The most recent artist I have found is Jeremy Riddle, and the album that I just can’t seem to get enough of lately is Full Attention. I sincerely believe that as he wrote this album he had the Spirit of our Hallowed Father flowing through him like a river. Give it a listen.
In today’s music market, I rarely buy an entire album; I buy the songs I like and move on, but on this album I bought a few songs and enjoyed them so much I used a rare button in iTunes for me, Complete the Album for $4.82.
I know what your’e thinking, “Whoa, Mo! I am not interesting in buying a whole album!” No problem, I have listed my favorite songs to help aid your decision.
The first sentence of the blog led me back to a Jeremy Riddle song on this album, More Than A Friend. The first verse put clarity into my experience when I wrote the first sentence of this blog entry.
More Than A Friend by Jeremy Riddle – Verse 1
In the quiet of my soul
In the stillness I hear Your voice call
And I am overwhelmed
And I am lost for words
To describe You
Over the last several days of ‘overwhelming’ time with our Father I present to you the following.
Hopefully you have had a chance to read a previous blog entry I wrote in which I discussed the oath I took 25 years ago to serve this country. (“I am blessed. I am blessed Mo than I deserve!”) It got me thinking. I pledged an oath to protect and serve my country, my friends, and my family. It only makes sense that I would take an oath today to serve my Hallowed Father. Right?
Not four years, but the rest of my life.
Hear me now- I know the road that is before me; I have already traveled many miles on it, and I have the battle scares to prove it. Four years of military service, unemployment, a brain tumor, two years of dialysis, and a kidney transplant just to name a few. I know that there is Mo before me in this journey. I will face it all, suffering, pain, temporary disappointments, extended trials, exhaustion, the sacrifices and challenges. These things are inevitable in this temporary world, and I will not face them alone. The God of All Glory will be with me, always. I mention the challenges first because those are the things that cause pain and are always the first things that enter everyones mind.
I knew the challenges before me on May 15th, twenty five years ago when I took my oath to join the military, yet I was ready to stand my post.
That led me to this question, “Have I made the same oath to Jesus that I love and follow?” To be honest, I am not 100% sure.
So let me end the confusion and doubt about that today, right now, right here in front of the world. I am going to commit myself a new oath. An oath to the One I follow, an oath to ensure that my actions bring Him glory, and oath to ensure that I love and serve all His children, my brothers and sisters. This is the cut, and it may change as time goes by, but I think it is a pretty good start.
This is my oath –
I will follow Christ.
I will lead my family.
I will love my family unconditionally.
I will study my Father’s Word
I will put others before me.
I will love all of God’s children.
I will eliminate pointless detractions / idols. (i.e., television, idols or anything that distracts from doing God’s work. It is the measure I must take to crush the idols.)
I will serve those in need.
Why do I put this on the internet for all to read?
So you know my heart and intention.
So that you understand my motivation for all that I do.
Hopefully, others will join me.
Will you join me?
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