In the last few weeks at work I’ve been trying to go for a walk every lunchtime to get some fresh air and also to get some exercise. It’s been difficult trying to balance the length of walk with my pain levels, but I’m persevering as I’ll well aware I really need the exercise!

When I’m out for a walk, I normally tend to put my headphones on and listen to my ipod on shuffle just so I get a general mix of music. So a couple of days I’ve been out for a walk, listening to my ipod for about 40 minutes, not really remembering anything in particular I’d listen to, when I realised that I was “singing along” (into myself of course!) the words associated with the Salvation Army band piece Dedication.

th (4)I would be thy holy temple,

Sacred and in dwelt by thee;

Naught then could stain my commission,

‘Tis thy divine charge to me.


Take thou my life, Lord,

In deep submission I pray,

My all to thee dedicating;

Accept my offering today.

That afternoon, all that kept going through my mind were the following words:

Naught then could stain my commission,

‘Tis thy divine charge to me.

Has anything stained my commission, in which I promised to serve Him all my days? Have I knelt before God and asked for His forgiveness for those times when I’ve stained my commission?

I thank God that He is still willing to take my life as an offering to Him, even although I often fail Him. I do however pray that I will never forget the promises I have made to serve Him all my days, and that through His help He will help me achieve all He has planned for me.

How about you, have you promised to serve God all your days? Are you still serving Him?

The International Staff Band of the Salvation Army playing the piece of music I referred to earlier, Dedication:


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