"Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. The one who receives you receives me, and the one who receives me receives the one who sent me."
~ Matthew 10: 39-40
The whole idea of losing your life is something that we all worry about. As the baby boomers continue to age, we are discovering that 50 is the new 30 and that gray is the new black. It's nothing to be ashamed of. It's who we are as a society.
I must admit, getting older can be a challenge at times.
The Beatitudes offer us a self-portrait of Jesus, and what God would like for us to mirror daily. At first it might seem to be a most unappealing portrait - who wants to be poor, mourning and persecuted, in any generation?
Who can be truly gentle, merciful, pure in heart, a peacemaker, and always concerned about justice? Where is the realism here? This would certainly not go well for many of us. Don't we have to survive in this world and use the ways of the world to do so?
I will admit that sometimes I wish it were easier to live the life that Jesus speaks of. Modeling our life after that of Christ does open up a new world, and new challenges. While the big picture includes the kingdom of heaven, our ability to live in the here and now still can be a struggle. Surrendering ourselves to the life that Jesus calls us to live will have it's blessings.
We will be comforted and have our fill; mercy will be shown to us. While Yes, we will be recognized as God's children and truly see God, not just in an afterlife, but here and now.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear Lord, as I begin a new day, please help me to model my life in a way that resembles what Jesus describes, so that I don't lose my life in all the wrong ways throughout the day.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.