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I remember my first real experience with surrendering my body to Christ. I was 19 and in a relationship that meant a lot to me. I was accepted to enter Training College to become a Salvation Army officer. Only one week from leaving for St. John's Newfoundland, I wasn't packed, either physically or in my spirit and heart.

One night when I came home in the late hours past midnight I was surprised to see my parents sitting in the family room waiting for me. Dad challenged me as I stood in the middle of the room; he challenged me to decide -- the relationship with 'Patty' or the road to being an officer -- and decide before you turn in! They went off to bed and there I sat; in the dark, at the crossroads. The end of this episode was ending the relationship with Patty and with broken heart on my knees with my mom and dad flanking me in prayer on either side, I surrendered to God. That was the best decision of my life because in that surrender I discovered WORSHIP; not to mention that Patty passed away when she was thirty-something. The road would have been very different.

(From a sermon by Dale Pilgrim, Live It Up, 5/9/2011)

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