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I Choose Life!

sheep.jpgI don’t know about you, but do you ever get tired of all the Christian talk about dying to self? “Deny yourself. Take up your cross. I have been crucified with Christ…”

Recently my thoughts ran something like this: I am dying to self. Not perfectly, but enough for me to resent it. I’m sick of all the dying; where is abundant living? Bring on the pity party!

Not the submissive little lamb willing to go silently to the slaughter. Baaa!

What to do with my rebellious, woolly self? I trotted over to the Good Shepherd and bleat all my frustrations about Christian living to him.

And He led me to a luscious green pasture of new insights.

First of all about this dying life I don’t like so well. “Want an exchange?” the Shepherd asked. “How about my life for yours.” Well…that sounds better. His life for mine? Really? That could include all kinds of adventures! I liked that He was talking life here, not death.

Of course you can’t get around dying once you’re on this planet. Just as you can’t avoid physical death, you can’t avoid emotional deaths or losses.

But now I considered Jesus. “But for the joy set before Him he endured the cross…” Abundant life was His ultimate destination, not the cross.

I desperately want life, don’t you? I crave it. I thirst for it. Let me overcome so that I may possess it! May Christ’s life swallow up death in me.

So I saw that death, in its many forms, is simply something you encounter enroute to life. Valleys to pass through on the journey home. And somehow this helped me.

My new perspective: We choose to live either a “living death” or a “dying life.” There are no alternatives. However, the word we place at the end of the phrase makes all the difference in the world.

  1. I like this perspective. Isn’t it amazing how the more we die to this life, the more we live! I have discovered that it is only through the hardships and grief that we can discover the true meaning of the abundant life.

    Blessings, E

    Comment by Elizabeth — November 12, 2007 @ 9:04 pm

  2. God is so good to give us His promises! While we do live this life of surrender and denying of self, whether intentionally or the intervention of God, we have solace in the fact that God has not appointed us to wrath nor does He weigh us down with burdens too heavy to carry.
    This morning at church one of the scriptures that flashed on the screen for our outline was this;
    “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
    Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

    AMEN!! Thank You precious Savior for carrying us through this life of death to a life of glory with You..

    Blessings to you Ruth…and a beautiful blog!!!

    Comment by Laurie — November 18, 2007 @ 7:36 pm

  3. Intriguing, Ruth. I appreciate your thoughtful insights. I also hope you had a lively Thanksgiving. :o)

    Comment by Deanna — November 25, 2007 @ 4:13 pm