I’ve been struggling to find a theme for this year. Dunno why I need one. And yes, I know it’s March already. But I still feel odd when I write “03” on the dates.

So for a while my theme was, this is the year I’m going to grow up. Like stop screwing around. Little things like shaving when I need to, dressing neatly, it all adds up.

I think I have a new theme. I dunno, going through Mark at church I think the biggest impression that it’s made on me is how radical the gospel message is about dying to yourself. Giving up all your personal “rights”. Giving up your ambitions, possessions and status. And that our ambition should be serving and maybe suffering. I dunno, it’s radical and being a Christian for a long time sometimes I forget that. Anyway, that’s my theme for this year. Dying to myself.

We sang a song on Sunday that I liked a lot; I’m not in the praise loop so it’s probably old to everyone but yeah, it expressed a lot of how I’m feeling well. So, even though posting lyrics tend to be pretty boring here it is.

Marc JamesI’m giving You my heart and all that is within
I lay it all down for the sake of You, my King
I’m giving You my dreams, I’m laying down my rights
I’m giving up my pride for the promise of new life

And I surrender all to You, all to You
And I surrender all to You, all to You

I’m singing You this song, I’m waiting at the cross
And all the world holds dear, I count it all as loss
For the sake of knowing You, the glory of Your name
To know the lasting joy, even sharing in Your pain

And I surrender all to You, all to You
And I surrender all to You, all to You

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