One of Ian's very best friends had her mission farewell today. Her name is Jessa. She lives down the street from us and she is a beautiful person inside and out. She has been called to serve a mission in Hawaii. She leaves next week and she is very dear to us. She and Ian will return from their missions the same week. They are a good support to each other.
Jessa gave a beautiful talk today. She talked about why she wanted to serve a mission and she exuded such goodness. She quoted a poem that I have heard before. I have always liked it. The authorship is somewhat in dispute but whoever wrote it said some very powerful things. I feel the same way as the author and Jessa.
"I am part of the "Fellowship of the Unashamed."
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 banner will be clear. I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed."
"I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. . . " Romans 1:16