Wednesday, January 21, 2004
In A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, William Law wrote, “One man succeeds in everything, and so loses all; another meets with nothing but crosses and disappointments, and thereby gains more than all the world is worth.” We need to hear that message, that commentary on the words of Jesus, over and over again. Hearing them and believing them will help us deal with the frustrations, disappointments, and feelings that injustices reign in the present. It will also help us plan and prioritize our futures in a way that will lead us to long-term triumph rather than short-term satisfaction. Is your idea of safety and security in this world enough like Peter’s that Jesus would say to you, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” That’s Life at Work!