This adventure of life leads through a dark way. It leads through the valley of death.
Once again, I am asked to let go of what I wish and desire. Once again, the hopes and dreams must be let go.
Once again, death is required. Death to self. Death to my ideas. Death to my feelings.
Once again, I remind myself that death leads to life. It is the way the world works.
Seeds must be planted to die to produce the plants and fruit.
Souls must die physically to begin to live eternally.
Just as my will must die in order to live for Christ.
Doesn't make it easy.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.