Joni and Friends Blog
Gain by Losing
“Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.”
A number of years ago, media mogul Ted Turner called Christianity “a religion for losers.” He later retracted his comments. But when you think about it, wasn’t he right?
To follow Jesus means to lose oneself to this world. It means losing all your winnings in this world in order to lay up treasures in the next. It means to negate your pride, subtract your fleshly wants, and to be ready to release your carefully constructed plans. Jesus absolutely delights in reaching out to those who consider themselves the last, the least, the littlest, and the most lost without Him. Christianity is a faith journey of overcomers who learn to gain by losing.
You are my treasure, dear Lord. I lay my life at Your feet. Keep the tentacles of the world, the flesh, and the devil from entwining around my heart. I want to lose my life for Your name’s sake.
“It was kind of a shock [to hear] ‘your lifting days are over.’ I had been training 4-5 days a week since I was 18. Fitness, lifting, activity; it was my life. My identity was all wrapped up in physicality, training, and ability.”