The Conversation that Inspired the Name

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Rachael M Colby

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Dave is the worship leader at his church, a professional musician, writer, motivational speaker, my home schooled children’s music teacher, employer, mentor and friend. He’s only twenty-six. I’m old enough to be his mom. For me, he floats. Sometimes he’s like a son, or younger brother. He’s a fellow creative type. And sometimes he’s The Preacher. He’s always my brother in the Lord. He is also the person most responsible for pulling me out of hiding my writing.

I gave Dave the book Not a Fan, and, “Come and Die,” is his favorite quote from it. (Mine is, “God doesn’t do consulting. He does God.”) When Jesus said we must take our up our cross, He was saying we each have a calling, but there is a price. We will have to leave our comfort zone, be inconvenienced.

Jesus said,‭ “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew ‭16:25‬ NKJV. This means Jesus’ plans for our lives and the needs of others must take precedent over our own. We apprehend our calling and fulfillment as we serve Christ and pour our lives into others. We are created for Him, so we may know Him and bring others to Him. Jesus is asking us to exchange control of our temporal life, for an inheritance of eternal life with Him. He died for us, so He calls us to live, and even die for Him. The difference is, He is worthy of dying for; we are not. But he loves us anyway. He calls us to Him just as we are, but loves us too much to leave us to our own way.

 

 

©2016 Rachael m Colby | Tattoo It On Your Heart

Author: Rachael M Colby

Born and raised in Jamaica, award-winning writer Rachael M. Colby resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Wife, mom, beach bum, artist, work in progress, avid Tweeter—#HealthyFaith Chat leader, Rachael writes to glorify God, encourage believers, and reach the lost. She connects culture’s questions with Christianity’s answers, inspires faith, and motivates through articles, devotions, poetry, and interviews. She has a heart for racial reconciliation and to uplift those who serve in tough places. Her work has appeared on Southern Ohio Christian Voice, Inkspirations Online, and on the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Blog. She runs on copious amounts of coffee and chocolate. Her WIPs include a compilation of her family’s and others’ stories of their work as civil rights activists (adult and children’s books), and a devotional for writers. You can connect with Rachael on her website, TattooItOnYourHeart.com—a place for seekers, followers, and writers, and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

9 thoughts on “The Conversation that Inspired the Name”

  1. Racheal, loved this visit to the past. What encouragement you two are to each other. I will have to get that book. Sounds riveting. I used to be terrified reading, “led like sheep to the slaughter” but on my wall, without author name on a piece of paper is “Self” refers to everything within us that is weak and ignorant and ugly. It is all that would ultimately darken us with shame and misery-the foolish choices that seemed a smart move at the time; the sweet things that turn sour. THIS and only this, is what your loving Lord wants to die, so that a new you can burst onto the scene. Like (and through) Jesus risen from the dead, the new you will be a person brimming with life; glowing with purity, honor and a thrilling future.

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    1. Robin, you are the one with the beautiful heart, but thank you. 🙂 And your site spencersmom.com is an amazing testimony of the grace of God and His miracles. You are my hero.

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