One of my favorite bands is called “Switchfoot,” whose song “Hello, Hurricane” continues to be a source of strength for me in times of difficulty—both expected and unexpected. The song draws on both this passage from Philippians and Jesus’ parable in Luke 14 about considering the cost of discipleship. The “bridge” of the song goes like this:
Everything I have I count as loss. Everything I have’s been swept away.
Before I started building, I counted up these costs; There’s nothing left for you to take away.
This song is a reminder to me to not rely on myself, my gifts, my experiences, my standing in church or society, but rather to surrender those things to God’s will. It is a reminder, too, not to boast in myself, but rather to boast in God’s goodness shown in Jesus Christ.
Let us pray. Give us the strength, O God, to surrender all that we have and all that we are, so that your will may be done in us, through us, and among us. Amen.