Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for the awesome freedom you provide for those who love you and choose your ways over our own! Thank you for drawing us closer and closer to you, so that we begin to desire the things of you MORE than the things of this world and our own flesh! Thank you for building the reward right into the “sacrifice”, very much like losing your life is identical to finding it. Thank you for choosing me and knowing me and preparing me, my awesome Shepherd and Lord! 😀
Matthew 16:24-27 ERV
Then Jesus said to his followers, “If any of you want to be my follower, you must stop thinking about yourself and what you want. You must be willing to carry the cross that is given to you for following me.
Any of you who try to save the life you have will lose it. But you who give up your life for me will find true life.
It is worth nothing for you to have the whole world if you yourself are lost. You could never pay enough to buy back your life.
The Son of Man will come again with his Father’s glory and with his angels. And he will reward everyone for what they have done.
Lord, I stand in awe of your mercy and love. I am increasingly amazed at the beauty and glory of yourself that you reveal to your children, in dealing with us individually, intimately. When I need humbling, you are firm yet gentle. When I am wounded, you give me patience with the process of healing, and often give me some distracting beauty to marvel at, while I grow stronger and develop even more trust in you. Once again, I stand amazed that I could possibly learn or experience MORE than what I already have. I feel so full, it almost seems wasteful. Please bring people into my life to whom I can share your love, so the overflow has a place to go. Heehee. 😀