Thursday, July 12, 2012

Day 400 ~ I Am Second Challenge Day 20 of 22

This is Day 20 of my challenge... {and} my twentieth video... 

... Colt McCoy... lives by the following Bible verse... “For whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as if working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23 on and off the football field.  Furthermore, he believes and understands wholeheartedly that God is number one in his life.  Whether he is trying to score a touchdown, get through his day or simply in his own living room.. he knows that he is Second, to God being First in his life

I can honestly say that I am sincerely starting to get this.  I can honestly say that I... ME... have wholeheartedly surrendered.  I have given Him full control.  After all, what do I have to loose? It's not as if I have gotten it right all on my own.

How can I say this without coming across like a lunatic? ... nor am I trying to be a Bible pusher... or a born again Christian... or anything like that for that matter.

What I can tell you is that there has always been something missing from my life.  {and} That has been my faith.  My faith in God.  My belief in Jesus Christ.  My service to Him.  As it states in the Ten Commandments...
8Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  9Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God.  On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.  11For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.  ~Exodus 20:8-11

I have known Him all my life, BUT I have NOT KNOWN Him.  Do you get what I mean?  I knew about The Ten Commandments and all.. but you kinda ... well never mind, I'm sure you get it.  wink, wink. 

I followed them as best as I could.  But instead my desires came first [instead of God's] and my faith in Him.   

I can not tell you that I have never sinned, because I am not perfect.  Lord knows I have committed my share of little my life.. and the beauty of it all is that I have asked Him for forgiveness and He has even forgiven me for them too!  Isn't that awesome!?! 

I didn't mean to come across so strong there... but as I mentioned faith has grown tremendously through this 22 Day Challenge.  {and} funny thing was that it was just a matter of letting go ... that's all.  Believing and having faith.  Believing in Him and His word.

Call it whatever you want to call it... I just call it believing in God and Jesus Christ, His son.

Because... I know He is First.... and I know  I am Second. 

On a side note... WOOT WOOT!  Day 400!  another milestone.  Keep 'em coming.  

We are Second when we put Jesus First.  Seconds are bold to lift up Jesus and tell others.  Are you ready to become a stronger Second?

I challenge YOU to take the I Am Second [22] Day Challenge... Can you spare maybe fifteen minutes in a day?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?  ~Matthew 6:26-27 (NIV)

[here's to you finding your... ]


... for a, l & c.  You are my sunshine(s).  

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Carrie said...

Regardless of anyone's belief system- becoming second is a good principle to follow. When we get so full of ourselves all we do is hurt others.

Laura Day said...

I like Colt McCoy's way of thinking. Of course, quite often I put myself first instead of God, but I do try to put him first in everything I do.

Stopping by from VoiceBoks!

Erin said...

Carla, I LOVE I Am Second! It's a challenge and can be a little scary to completely surrender and put yourself in His hands. But it also gives me a great peace and calm in the midst of a hurried hectic life! Keep doing what you're doing!

CrazyNutsMom said...

It is definitely a challenge and a journey, not a destination. To put God first and yourself second. I fail at this a lot more than I like to admit.

I love reading about your journey.

Dominique Goh said...

Great to see that your faith in GOD has increased via this challenge. I too am seeing a closer walk with GOD.

Michelle Cantu said...

I am not perfect either, but I am a holy person and definitely put our Lord 1st and do my best to keep the faith alive.

Claire Jennings said...

I am glad you are getting so much out of your challenge. I can see that you are with each post, and am truly happy for you.

Wendy said...

Surrender is scary and yet exciting at the same time. Have so loved reading about your journey in this series! Thanks for sharing!