He called the multitude to himself with his disciples, and said to them, “Whoever wants to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it; and whoever will lose his life for my sake and the sake of the Good News will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life? For what will a man give in exchange for his life? For whoever will be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man also will be ashamed of him, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:34-38 WEB)
The “other” side i would want to see as an option …. Yeshua cleary informs us that to chose life for yourself may gain you the whole world, but you will forfeit your own soul. So yes i cry out to my Heavenly Father for help, but as His child and trusting Him for my entire being – not so that i can go on my merry way and build my castle, shine my beauty, & parade in my popuarity, that will not only defeat the purpose for my existence but will cost me my soul for eternity. Not a bargain at all for me.
Y’hovah my Creator, my Father … Thank You so much for Your love, Your mercy, Your grace, Your sacrifice – WOW – Your sacrifice for me leaves me without words enough to explain the depth of my gratitude. Keep cleansing me and molding me and refining me into Your likeness for Your pleasure, with all that You bless me, may i bless those around me, and bring them to Your Light and Love.
“let my prayer be counted as incense before You, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!” amen. Ps 141:2