At least once a week I listen to the soul stirring, spirit lifting vocals of Yolanda DeBerry singing “I Shall Wear a Crown” on You Tube. I have shared it and expressed my desire to have it sang at the ceremony noting my departure from this life to the next.
Some have advised this is morbid, but I find it refreshing and completely centering. Why? Because it focuses my attention on the why of it all. I have found that if you fail to keep the end result in mind your motivation diminishes. Likewise, if you do not concentrate on your target you will probably not hit it.
As a Christian I must remind myself daily that I am not living for me. I was placed here on purpose and with purpose. This principle guides my thoughts and chaperones my actions.
When you understand that your life and lifestyle affects those around you the level of egotism, self-interest and vanity that is innate to the world system becomes easier to control.
The scriptures provides good instruction providing a way to control these worldly behaviors in Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
What I find commendable is that our Heavenly Father has a reward awaiting me and that how I live my life is not in vain. There are rewards for me in this life and in the life to come!
I am the daughter of the God of the Universe which means me a joint heir with the King of Kings and although naturally there is no royal blood running through my veins my spiritual DNA is top shelf. My Heavenly Father has a crown awaiting me which provides fuel for my journey and gives me confidence and great expectation!
When you see me doing all the good I can, loving beyond understanding, giving out of my place of need, and proclaiming the glorious gospel of Jesus please know it has more to do with the afterlife then it does this one. I am not trying to make a name for myself. I only want to lift up Jesus! I am not doing it for fortune or fame. I am just chasing my crown!