LOSE your life to find it
There should be a Hall of Fame for people who have followed Jesus’ teaching to find our own lives by losing them in service to others. And when there is, I have my nominations ready.
One nominee would have to be my friend Charmaney Bayton from crime-ridden South-Central LA. For years, she’s sacrificed every minute and dollar of her life, caring for up to 10 homeless children at a time in her one-bedroom apartment.
Another incredible follower of this directive is Cantor Michael Weisser from Lincoln, Nebraska. Repeatedly assaulted with threatening anti-Jewish phone calls from a local leader of the Ku Klux Klan, Weisser’s insistence on loving this hate-filled man lead to the Klansman renouncing his membership and publicly advocating racial tolerance.
Almost beyond belief, when this man became critically ill, Weisser and his wife took their former assailant into their home and nursed him until the end of his life.
Topping my list would be Arland D. Williams, Jr., a passenger on a plane that crashed into the bitter cold Potomac River one winter. The most alert of the survivors, Williams was the first person to grab the rope from a hovering rescue helicopter. But he refused to save himself first. Instead, he handed the rope to another passenger. And then another and another, until they were all safe. By then, Williams was so cold and exhausted that he couldn’t rescue himself.
None of these people, I’m sure, would allow anyone to make a fuss over their sacrificial actions. It’s just what they feel God called them to do with their lives.
What’s God calling us to do today?
Paul White, June 2012
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