abandonment

This worship song entered my life a decade later, yet it sums up the Christ-centered awareness dawning throughout my high school years:

Jesus, All for Jesus

Jesus, all for Jesus,
All I am and have and ever hope to be.
Jesus, all for Jesus,
All I am and have and ever hope to be.

All of my ambitions, hopes and plans
I surrender these into Your hands.
All of my ambitions, hopes and plans
I surrender these into Your hands.

For it’s only in Your will that I am free,
For it’s only in Your will that I am free,
Jesus, all for Jesus,
All I am and have and ever hope to be.

The story of Jim Elliot crossed my path while in high school,
and his well-known quote stayed with me:
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep
to gain that which he cannot lose.”

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