God, you have created me
to do you some definite service:
You have committed some work to me
which you have not committed to another.
I have my mission –
I may never know it in this life,
but I shall be told in the next.
Somehow I am necessary for your purposes.
I have a part in the great work;
I am a link in a chain,
a bond of connection between persons.
He has not created me for nothing.
I shall do good, I shall do his work;
I shall be an angel of peace,
A preacher of truth in my own place.
Fulfill your high purposes in me,
I am here to serve you, to be yours.
– Meditation by Cardinal John Henry Newman
(via Called Today)
In the song by Casting Crowns “Who am I” it ends with a simple phrase at the end, “I am yours”. I think it’s a good song to talk about identity which is not based on our doing but on what God has done for us. I noticed how many of the college students at a recent camp connected with the song.
The phrase “to be yours” caught my attention in this prayer. Perhaps because as it talks about calling and service the prayer highlights another important dimension for us as human beings as well as people who consider ourselves followers of Christ – i.e. the significance of “becoming”. This becoming becomes a reality gradually as we find and fulfill our calling to serve him in our lifetime. ðŸ™‚