I was visiting Tristi Pinkston's blog, and she had this wonderful quote posted along her side bar. Elder Eyring quoted it at some point, but neither of us knew who the original author was.
I found it the other day. Dr. Bob Moorhead was a pastor for nearly 30 years, and this powerful oath or anthem is attributed to him.I work with the Early Morning Seminaries, and this was so wonderful I wanted to share it with the students as they wind up their study of the New Testament.
This is Christian Courage at its finest. Thank you, Dr. Moorhead, for so eloquently and boldly putting into words the precious feelings that, once ignited, are hard for most of us to adequately express, and sadder yet, to retain. And thanks for posting it, Tristi.
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE UNASHAMED
by Dr. Bob Moorehead
I am part of 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, learn 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 colors will be clear.