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Daily Revival

I use a skin care product with the name ‘Daily Revival’  …an interesting concept, don’t you think?   While the product is no doubt talking about a renewing and revitalizing of my complexion (it needs all the help it can get), the label often reminds me of the spiritual application.

Achieving ‘daily revival’ in my personal spiritual life would be a New Year’s resolution worth pursuing, but is truly  more daunting than watching my calorie intake or exercising more faithfully.  As a fairly new Christian, I read somewhere that revival was not ‘prayed down’ but ‘obeyed down’ — that it is in obedience and surrender that the power and movement of God’s spirit is most deeply realized.  But to obey, first I have to hear and understand.  To do that, I have to be listening.  To be listening, I have to be disconnected from all the other distractions around me.

Paul urged the Romans, “offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:1-2 – emphasis mine)  As one version renders it, “Don’t let the world squeeze you into its mold!

Daily Revival — not just for my face, Lord — I give you permission to do whatever it takes to cleanse, renew and revitalize all of me!  I want to follow your will — not the direction of the world.  To quote a song from Godspell, whose lyrics were taken from Richard of Chichester:

Day by day, O dear Lord, three things I pray: To see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, follow thee more nearly, day by day.

Copyright 2011 – Mary E. Egidio   Permission is granted to share this work, but only with attribution, and not for commercial purposes.