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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

"Fellowship Of The Unashamed"

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 colors will be clear.

Authorship of this quote has been disputed for years, but...some say-
  • Unknown Author
  • This text was found on a scrap of paper in the home of an African pastor shortly after he was martyred. Which begs the question, who translated it to English?
  • or Adapted from the original (author unknown) by Patrick Madrid, who is Catholic.
  • or Contributed by Dr. Nina Gunter who got it from veteran missionary Louise Robinson Chapman.
  • or by Dr. Bob Moorehead who resigned from his church years ago because of allegations made against him. He did make it more well known than it was before.
  • and some even say Elder Eyring of the Mormon Church (which he later said it was not him).

I have decided to believe the first or second possibilities! :-)