Devotional Reading from the Daily Common Lectionary: Mark 8: 34-9:1
Text: For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake and the gospel, will save it. (v. 35)
My biggest regrets in life is when I played it safe; I was afraid to take a chance. Too often I was afraid, to be painfully honest. Opportunities were lost because of my fear. I cannot help but to wonder if God was disappointed in me, not in a bad sort of way, but in the way a parent feels for their child when they don’t apply themselves. It’s a disappointment born of sadness.
I think that while God understood my fears and even forgave me, I also think that God wished that I would have trusted Him more. My lack of trust diminished His glory.
I don’t know where I would have been if I had trusted more. I still struggle trusting God but I am getting better at it.
If you have trouble trusting God with your future, I will pray for you…for all who are fellow strugglers in the journey.
Lord God, give me a discerning heart and the courage needed to take Jesus seriously, for it is only in taking Him seriously that we will find Your purpose in our lives. Amen.