Having been born into the kingdom of God, I do hereby
acknowledge that God's purchase of my life included
all the rights and control of that life for all eternity.
I do further acknowledge that He has not guaranteed me
to be free from pain or to have success or prosperity.
He has not guaranteed me perfect parents.
He has not guaranteed me perfect children.
He has not guaranteed me the absence of pressures, trials,
misunderstandings, or persecution.
What He has promised me is eternal life.
What He has promised me is abundant life.
What He has promised me is peace, joy, love, patience,
gentleness, meekness, and self-control.
He has given me all of Himself in exchange for the rights of my life.
Therefore, I acknowledge this day the relinquishment of all
my rights and expectations, and humbly ask Him by His
grace to replace these with a grateful spirit, for whatever
in His wisdom, He deems to allow for my life.
~ Russell Kelfer