How To Startle Your Neighbors–Begin The Day With A Chant

I’ve decided to begin my day with a chant.

Hear me out.  I know this sounds crazy, but let me show you my reasoning.

There are certain things in life that you just have to repeat over and over again until they are firmly lodged in your mind.   Multiplication tables, phone numbers, and anniversaries immediately come to mind.

When there is something that you don’t want to forget, repetition is key.

Sometimes as our Christian walk progresses we can become comfortable to the point where we aren’t really living vibrant lives.  We are so caught up in the day-to-day tasks that we don’t really think too much about God.

Of course, he is always there and on some level we know that, but often he just doesn’t enter our consciousness.  We are simply too busy trying to survive.

How did he remember all that?

When I was in high school, I had a friend a couple of years older than me named Craig Story.  He and I shared the same birthday and attended church together.

I can remember one time when Craig got up in church one Wednesday night and spoke the following words from memory to the kids in the youth group:

I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed.
I have stepped over the line.
The decision has been made.
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.
I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure.

I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity.
I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded.

I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power.

My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear.  I cannot be bought, deluded, or delayed.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ.

I am a disciple of Jesus.

I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops me.

And when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me – my banner will be clear!

Of course, these words were not Craig’s.  Chances are you have seen them floating around the Internet somewhere.  There are several versions of who initially wrote them, but that isn’t the point.

For me, these words made a huge impact.  They reminded me who I was.  They instructed me how I should be living.  They separated the important from the trivial.  They gave me a vision of how I wanted to live my life and an aspiration for the type of legacy I wanted to leave.

Now, I find myself twenty years down the road.

I still remember these words, but I also find myself in the midst of surviving the day-to-day grind that comes with life.  I have done a fairly decent job of living according to the creed above, but of course I could do better.

Enter the chant.

A chant is a “repeated rhythmic phrase, typically one shouted or sung in unison by a crowd.” In this case, it will be a crowd of one, because it will just be me chanting.

So here is my plan going forward.

Each morning, probably at the end of my quiet time, I am going to read these words aloud.

I am going to chant them to myself.

Not because there is any power in the words, but because there is power in the One the words refer to.

For me, I believe it will help me to start my day off on the right track.  It will align my day with what was important to me all those years ago.

Hopefully, by repeating these words they will become lodged deeply within my heart and will help direct my steps on the right track.

How about you?

Is there anything you repeat to keep it at the forefront of your mind or any routines you use to start your day on the right track?

Let me know in the comments below.