Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of writing time this morning. So today will be a quick glance at a thought that has been swirling in my head this week. I have been thinking about how to live a life of service, instead of doing “service projects”. This is another one of those puzzlers – especially giving the frantic schedules that we attempt to maintain. So I was doing a little bit of channel surfing the other day and I stopped on one of the “religious” channels just to see what was up. After a minute of watching a bunch of teens worship – which was a very interesting thing as well- this dude pops up on the screen and reads this verse:
34Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35For whoever wants to save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? Mark 8:34-37 NIV
So the thought that has been swirling is how do we do that? How do we give ourselves? How do we lose our lives? Any ideas? Post them in the comment section.
34-37Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for? (Mark 8:34-37, The Message)