Here’s a riddle:
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matthew 16:25)
Jesus spoke that riddle as an explanation for an equally tough statement:
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. (Matthew 16:24)
But what may seem unreasonable and harsh, is actually an invitation to wild adventure. The thing about adventure, however, is it is unavailable to those afraid to leave the house. You can’t experience adventure by watching it on TV. You must leave the trappings of security behind and dare to trust your guide.
A monk named Brother Charles understood this best and wrote this prayer:
My God, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you; I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures – I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul; I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands, without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my God.
I get the image of a tandem skydive, holding on to Jesus. You gotta jump…