All the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. (Phil. 3:7-8)
Life with Jesus always challenges our addictions. It asks us to let go of the things and the patterns and the ways we have grown used to and familiar with, in order to receive something new and beautiful from him. Most people, in fact, miss the new because they are unwilling to let go of the old.
Help us, O Lord, to drop any plans and agendas and comforts and preferences that keep us from be fully and completely yours. Help us to consider them rubbish—dog dung—compared with the surpassing value of knowing you. For how can I ever expect to be made new, if I am unwilling to let go of the old?