More of You

More of You

Old house

The Ristow girls with the new owners, Amy and their dog Zepplin.

It was one year ago today that we handed the keys to our beloved home over to its new owners. Tears burned my eyes as we strolled through the empty rooms and down memory lane one last time.  A small sob escaped from my lips and echoed throughout the halls.  It was time to go, time to close the chapter.

As we drove away from our home for the last time, Steve turned on the radio just as Colton Dixon’s song “More of You” began to play:

I made my castle tall
I built up every wall
This is my kingdom and it needs to fall
I want You and no one else
Empty of myself
Until the only thing that’s left is
More of you
Less of me
This life I hold so close
Oh, God I let it go
I refuse to gain the world and lose my soul
So take it all
I abandon everything I am
You can have it
The only thing I need is
More of you
Less of me
Make me who I’m meant to be
You’re all I want all I need
You’re everything
Take it all I surrender
Be my king
God I choose
More of You
Less of me
More of You
All to You I surrender
All to you my blessed Savior
I surrender all

We’ve listened to that song many times since then, and each time I find myself wishing that the lyrics were as easy to live out as they are to sing.

Please God, let there be more of You and less of us, and may we continue to experience YOU as we seek to build Your kingdom instead of our own.


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