Scripture of the Day
For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. (
I went indoor rock-climbing once. Elise and I packed all our stuff up and I returned my gear. “You know, it didn’t matter what route you were on, or where in the gym you were, about 25 feet up you just stopped, froze, and begged to come down.” And my coming down, she kindly pointed out, was none too graceful. To safely repel off a wall, you have to fully lean back, trusting the rope to hold you. Me, I’d half-cling to the wall and half-close my eyes until my wobbling legs crumpled on the mat below. So many of my choices are made in fear, vain attempts to stave off some awful outcome. What if I could trust that the rope would hold? What if I more fully believed I was safe and capable — despite the so-called “evidence” I’m so sure adds up to my demise?
Saving Spirit, I am too often spooked. I am too hesitant to do anything to lose what I have already achieved, even though you have promised me that it might gain me my life. En-courage me. Em-bold-en me. Make me bold and courageous in following Jesus. Amen.