“Give up your self, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it.
Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favourite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end: submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life.
Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead.
Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.”
It’s a great secret of life, isn’t it? You know, that peculiar paradoxical idea that if we want to find ourselves, we must lose ourselves.
We hold onto our pleasures, passions, plans with tight fingers. Millennials like me have been called “The Me-Generation.” Our tendency is to climb the mountain so the world can see us, not so we can see the world. The question that rules our life: What does this get me?
We fail to remember that to live the story we want to embody, we must not invest in ourselves (doing what we want the way we want for the reason we want), but outside of ourselves. Instead of asking “What does this get me?” we must ask “Where will I use my resources and for what return?”
I want to figure out how to invest myself in the people and places I’m called to love– my husband, my home, my job, my church, my city, my family. On this blog, I want to share tools and encouragement to help people like me invest themselves in their faith, homes, work and cities.
Our faith, our home, our work, our cities— we know these facets of our lives. They’re places of beauty and brokenness, mystery and redemption. They offer us an opportunity to invest ourselves in a story greater than ourselves if we chose to give away our lives instead of keeping them protected. Let’s loosen up our grasping hands that hold to our plans and dreams and stop looking for ourselves. Let’s keep nothing back. Let’s invest ourselves.