31st August 2020
“…If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”
Matthew 16:24-25 (NASB)
The way to true and lasting joy is, for Jesus’ sake, to deny yourself for others. Life can sometimes become a monotony. As a mum to six boys, my days are filled with cooking, cleaning, dishes, laundry, repeat, and it can sometimes become all consuming. Whilst our home has enough work to keep us all busy all the time, I find our household is happiest when we have our lives focused on others. The dishes and laundry will always be there, the tidying up and the cleaning will always need to be done, but if that becomes our soul focus in life, our life becomes insular and self focused. Jesus tells us in Matthew that if we wish to just take care of our life, or want to save our life, we will lose it. An insular lifestyle ends up imploding on itself. However, Jesus encourages us to lose our life for His sake, to turn our eyes off ourselves and focus on others. Jesus summed up the commandments when he said to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and love your neighbour as yourself. A life lived with God first and others in mind will give you lasting joy. Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. – Albert Einstein A life not lived for others is not a life. – Mother Teresa Each day is an opportunity to bless someone, encourage someone, welcome someone, befriend someone. So I encourage you today with your “to do” list of what needs to be accomplished (and boy, I know how long that list can be some days), to think of what you can put into your day that is focused on another. Send a text, smile at a stranger, pay forward a coffee, deliver some flowers, make a phone call, open your home to a friend. Use this day to save your life by living it others focused.