I commented to him that the cross necklace was nice. He received the compliment well so I asked him "What does that necklace -- the cross -- mean to you?"
Almost without thinking, he instantly replied "My Lord and Savior".
That was very neat but it also got me to thinking. Christians use the phrase "My Lord and Savior" pretty regularly.
But, for me at least, using the phrase is not necessarily the same as really thinking about the phrase. How often do I really, really think about this phrase -- "My Lord and Savior"?
I think that most often I want to flip the statement -- "My Savior and Lord" -- because it occurs to me that I like the "Savior" part of it. That is pretty cool to have a Savior. That is truly a friend with benefits. But having a "Lord"? well, that is a bit more difficult.
I confess that all too often I like to be Lord over my own life. I think I am learning a lot right now in this area and, after it all plays out a bit, I will share it here at a future time. But these are real lessons for me.
As anyone knows who has tried to walk this path, it's not easy to really give someone else Lordship over your life -- to be a slave to them. Paul did it. Mother Theresa. Billy Graham. And look at the impact they all three have had. And there are many more as well, including many of the wonderful people I know personally.
For me, I am glad that this thing is a journey ... because it takes a lot of time and work.
Who (or what) has Lordship over your life?