I am tired of life.
Tired of being caught up in the cares of this world that entangle me so easily.
Tired of chasing after my own pursuits and desires only to come up empty.
Tired of wasting precious time and money on things that will one day fade away.
Tired of living selfishly for myself.
And there is only one way out.
To let it all go.
To say my final good-bye.
To walk toward death and never look back.
Let go of the cares of this world.
Say good-bye to my plans, my pursuits, and my desires.
Walk in light of eternity and never look back at the life I left behind.
In this world all we care about is living life to the fullest.
Storing up a great retirement fund.
Traveling to the ends of the world.
Checking all that we can off of our bucket list.
Indulging ourselves in every way possible.
And many of us forget that God never called us to live in this world.
Instead He calls us to die.
So today I will die a little more.
I will die to my plans. To my desires. To my pursuits.
I will end my life of living selfishly for me, and I will begin living selflessly for Him.
The great thing about dead people is they could care less about how they look, how they feel, how much they have in their wallet, or what people think of them.
When you are dead none of those things that seem so important to us matter.
You are no longer concerned with your life because it’s no longer yours to live.
Only when you let go of the ideal life you have planned in your head will you be able to find real life in Christ.
Only when you say good-bye to the things of this world that ensnare you will you be able to walk in light of an eternity that compels you.
Only when you walk toward your own death without looking back to the world that you left behind will you be able to truly live for the things that matter up ahead.
Today… will you die with me?
Step off the edge and let go?
Hold nothing back?
Leave it all behind?
Will you deny yourselves the pleasures of this world, pick up your cross, and follow Christ daily as He asks you to? (Luke 9:23)
Will you crucify your flesh with its passions and desires to the cross and instead pursue God and what He desires from your life? (Galatians 5:24)
Will you die to your life as you know it at this moment so that you can instead gain true life with Christ? (Mark 8:35)
I know I want to.
What does dying look like?
Dying may mean spending that extra money from your paycheck to feed a homeless man on a street instead of buying one more outfit for yourself.
Dying may mean giving up your favorite tv shows that keep you up all night and spending that time at the feet of Jesus instead.
Dying may mean using one of your free nights during the week rather than for entertaining yourself but for volunteering in your community for free.
Dying may mean using your vacations hours to go on a mission trip to a foreign country to help the needy rather than entertaining yourself instead.
Dying could mean a million different things to you and to me.
My life is a journey not only of faith, but also of death.
Because until I learn to truly die to this world, I will never really live for God.
So today… I will choose to die.
I hope you will do the same.
Be blessed. Anna… ♥
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“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” – Philippians 1:21