Monday, September 11, 2023

Buechner: the life you save

Monday, September 11, 2023
    [Jesus:] “Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.”
    —Luke 17:33 (NIV)
    Inspection stickers used to have printed on the back “Drive carefully—the life you save may be your own.” That is the wisdom of man in a nutshell.
    What God says, on the other hand, is “The life you save is the life you lose.” In other words, the life you clutch, hoard, guard, and play safe with is in the end a life worth little to anybody, including yourself, and only a life given away for love’s sake is a life worth living.
    ... Frederick Buechner (1926-2022), Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC, Harper & Row, 1973, revised, HarperCollins, 1993, p. 28 (see the book)
    See also Luke 17:33; Matt. 10:39; 16:25-26; Mark 8:35-36; Luke 9:24-25; 12:16-21; John 12:25; 2 Tim. 2:11-13; Jas. 4:14; Rev. 12:10-11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, pour out my life for Your purposes.
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