I am free.


I woke up in the middle of the night recently with these words forming in my mind. I have learned via the trials and tribulations of life that everything that ever worries me, concerns me, bothers me, irritates me, hurts me, saddens me, angers me, depresses me, or holds me back from victorious fellowship with Jesus have one little word in common: me. I heard Jesus whisper in my ear, yet again, “Let go of ‘me’ and you will be free.” The words below flowed in those early morning hours as my heart aches to be free of me.


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(This is now my daily prayer to keep me focused on Him, not me)

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  1. When I first read the title, I thought you were talking about the Newsboys song. :)

  2. Thank you for posting this. I have been praying bits and pieces of such a prayer in my journal for months and months. I have asked God to help me express such a prayer to my ministry team — that I could really demonstrate this kind of humility and be so God-centered. Thank you for putting it on paper… the picture is SPECTACULAR…. what an awesome inspiration from God.

  3. Wow, I have got to think about all that for a while.

  4. So true, So true, So true! I am right their with you man! The word pastor that people call me each and every day, one day will not really mean anything.

  5. brother, you just body slammed my ego. My soul just jumped within me… I know I need to stop focusing on MY impact on the world and how I AM going to make a difference. Boy do I want to matter! (if I am truly honest) Thanks for the smack down, me needed that! I think I need to go be alone with God until that is all I need. Thanks for your transparency. Few will admit these hidden motives that drive us, especially men. I needed this.

  6. Karl, you have encapsulated exactly how I have been feeling lately as God has been refining me. Hope you don’t mind that I print this up and stick it to the refridgerator to remind me, my family and all those who share my life just what we have been called to by God.
    Bless you, Karen

  7. Thanks for posting this! I have just stumbled on your blog from doing one of my routine google image searches to prepare the media for our church services this Sunday. What you have written is so true and probably more common than we know. I recently read a Mother Teresa book that echoes deeply our need for time with our Savior. Silence before God is what she says is a necessity and yet it is so hard to come by in this noisy world we live in. It is nice to know that others have the same struggles and are trying to focus on the “jellyfish” idea. Thank you for your encouragement. It’s so ironic isn’t it…that when you stop TRYING to impact people, you impact them in ways you never imagined! God is amazing.

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