Today I turn 31 on 11.11.11. Some people say when you see 11:11 on a clock you should make a wish. I’ve been seeing 11:11 my whole life and every time I do see it, I don’t wish but I pray for one thing, that I may know Jesus more.
I’ve lived 30 years and I pray if I am given another 30 years or more, that my only aim is to know Him more, the power of His resurrection and to fellowship with Him in His sufferings. I pray I will love Him more intensely and passionately the day I die than I do right now. Love grows with time. I pray my love for my Lord and Savior Jesus will grow with each day. Why do I love Him? Because He first loved me. Why do I want to die knowing Him? Because Jesus died to know me. Why do I want to serve Him all my days? Because Jesus sacrificed all and laid down His life to serve me. Why do I want to preach the Gospel? Because Jesus suffered, died and resurrected so that all could be forgiven of sin and be reconciled to the Father. Why do I thank Him? Because every time I fail Him His love never fails me. Why do I praise Him? Because He is so good to me and His love is crazy for me. Why do I worship Him? Because Jesus is King if kings, Lord of lords, Prince of peace. Why would I live for anything else but Him? If Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, then why live for anything else? Or even waste our time on anything else?
I pray I will look more and more like Him with each passing day. Am I perfect? No, I am human. But my goal is to be just like Jesus. I’m a far way off, trust me, I have bones in the closet that I’m not proud of. These past few years I’ve lost my way from the pure and simple devotion to Jesus Christ that I once knew. Sometimes you get so caught up with yourself, what you want to do for Jesus that you lose Jesus and in the process lose yourself. Sadly, that’s been my story, but that is not the end of my story. Today I turn 31 and today I set my heart like flint to know and follow hard after You. Today I surrender myself at the foot of the cross and commit my life again into the loving care and discipline of God. Today I choose to love You above all else.
Give me one pure and holy passion. Give me one magnificent obsession. Give me one glorious ambition for my life. To know and follow hard after you.