I am now going to transfer stuff from my multiply to this site. Do bear with me.
I posted this up on June 07: our pastor shared this poem during his sermon and it really hit the spot so I had to google it and share this with fellow members of the "unashamed" ... hope it will encourage you deeply as it did me.
The Fellowship of the Unashamed by Dr. Bob Moorehead
I am part of the "Fellowship of the Unashamed."
The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line.
The decision has been made. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.
I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense,
and my future is secure.
I am finished and done with low living, sight walking,
small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams,
chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position,
promotions, plaudits, or popularity.
I now live by presence, lean by faith, love by patience,
lift by prayer, and labor by power.
My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven,
my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few,
my Guide reliable, my mission clear.
I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred,
lured away, turned back, diluted, or delayed.
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice,
hesitate in the presence of adversity,
negotiate at the table of the enemy,
ponder at the pool of popularity,
or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.
I must go until Heaven returns, give until I drop,
preach until all know,
and work until He comes.
And when He comes to get His own,
He will have no problem recognizing me.
My banner is clear: I am a part of the "Fellowship of the Unashamed."
If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. Luke 9:26 (NIV)
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes ... Romans 1:16 (NIV)
We are often plagued with day to day worries; about work, about money, about whether we'll get to buy that new car, our friends are getting married, our friends just got promoted, maybe we're being demoted even, our bills are piling up and we're worried about your retirement plan... we're worried that we won't look the belle of the ball at the next event, maybe everyone thinks we're not good enough, thin enough, rich enough, smart enough, pretty enough, maybe we're not as popular as everyone else, we're angry and bitter with someone for years, maybe our parents, our bosses, our jobs... these issues are real and the effects are daunting, everyone has been thru these at one point or another ... look up, look further, we're redeemed and the problems you and I face here are merely a fraction of our lifetime in eternity ... our goals are higher and our mission is divine... live in light of eternity... give it all to Him and He will give His all to us... in fact, you know what, He already did!