Give Up and Gain

Whoever tries to make his life secure will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
(Luke 17:33)

a53aecf61fafdd1c999495c8e9a1b835We don’t like the idea of losing ourselves. After all, we struggle through discovering who we are. Even in the context of our faith, we want to discover who God intends for us to be. Which is exactly why we have to lose ourselves. When we are willing to set aside ourselves and all the assumptions, preferences, and so on that come along with who we want to be and think we are, we lose ourselves…but not our identity. In fact, we find our identify. As we give up ourselves, we trust God enough to peel back the facade, the unnecessary, and reveal His intentions. We begin to become who He intended for us to become all along. It’s not easy or comfortable, but it is the most grounding, satisfying, comforting truth of who we are. We no longer look at a dim reflection and wonder who we are. We no longer see only what we want to see and who we want to mold ourselves into. We see ourselves through His eyes. And we continue to let Him work in and on us to reveal ourselves to…us.

He already knows.

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