Sometimes a phrase just doesn't resonate. "Die to live" - I have heard it. I have spoken it. I have even preached it. I believe it. . .with all my heart. Yet, there are times, when in the midst of life, it seems that God needs to remind me that this is a key to truly living. I slide back into selfishness and wanting things my way. Hey, I've even preached in the past few weeks that it is a sin to make plans for ourselves and then ask God to bless them, rather than seek His face and desires and align our lives accordingly. However, I still slide back into this mode.
A paradox is a strange thing. Really. Just check out the definition:
A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
Something that seems contradictory or absurd. Well, that's the Christian life at times, isn't it?
Just check out what the Bible says about this. . .
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. Luke 9:23-24 (ESV)
It's been a busy week and frustrating at times and I've been led to pray deeper, seek Him and reminded that life is so much more than what I see right here, right now. I forget so often. While listening to some music this morning in prep for today's services, I came across an oldie. I was taken back to when I first heard this song as a young youth pastor trying to help teenagers "get it" and again I realize that I still struggle at "getting it" constantly. Just needed a reminder today. There's more to life than what is seen. There's a bigger story at work. It may seem absurd all that is happening today, but that's the paradox. God is still in control.