Whoever loses his life for my sake, will save it.
I’ve lost enough loved ones to know that losing one’s life is serious business. Still, Jesus asks that I set aside all that I live for to save my life. When I consider my recent worry over some rather small issues, I see that Jesus isn’t actually asking all that much of me. When I look closely at Jesus’ teaching and the way Jesus himself lived, I find all that Jesus offers in return. When he asks me to lose “my” life, Jesus offers me the best of “all” life. As I wrote, in light of my minor worries, this is quite a good opportunity. If I accept Jesus’ challenge to take away the “my” and “I” and “me” that qualify so much of what I do and say, I open myself to others and, ultimately, to God.
So, as I continue my journey this Lent, I resolve to think about Jesus before I begin each task that lies before me. Rather than gauging what I might receive in return for my efforts, I will calculate how I might help others most through what I do. In my good works, I will discover real joy and glimpses of God.
Loving God, as I strive to follow Jesus’ example, help me to follow his heart as well. As I give more of myself to others, please reveal more of yourself to me.
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