Opening Prayer: Forgive me, Lord Jesus, when I live as if this live was about me, rather than about you. Give me the grace and the strength and the courage to truly surrender myself to you. Amen.
Scripture: Mark 8:35
Journal: What does it mean to completely surrender to Jesus? What would this look like in your life?
Reflection: Do I really have the desire for change in my life, if I constantly resist that change? Do I really want to follow Jesus, if I continually refuse to surrender to him? If I constantly try to manage and control my own life? If I refuse to embrace the powerlessness and dependence necessary to be truly led by him? If I refuse to be still and listen. If I refuse to respond to his will and his direction, rather than forcing my own? If I refuse to become nothing, so that he might become everything? If I refuse to become forgotten, so that you can be remembered? If I refuse to become small, so that you can become big? If I refuse to be hidden, so that you might be seen? If I refuse to become no one, rather than always trying to be someone?
The answer: probably not.
Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to know what it looks like to lose my life in order that you might save it. Then give me the strength to do just that. Amen.