January 08, 2009

On my 21st Birthday

“For the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the POWER OF GOD.”

*1 Cor. 1:18*

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”

*Matthew 16:24-25*

I can’t say it any better than those two verses.

“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”

That line – I have never believed anything more truly than that line.


A Mini Testimony on my 21st Birthday:

For so long, my life was MINE. What did I want, need, desire, hope for. And guess what?

I didn’t get anything I wanted. Only pain.

I didn’t get any of the things I thought I needed. Only pain.

I didn’t fulfill any of my desires. Only pain.

I didn’t realize any of my hopes. Only pain.

I lost my life truly and fell to a place of depression I never thought I’d break free from even though I tried to be a “good girl.” But then I realized. It IS too much to do on my own. I can't keep trying -- to please God through good works, or to please myself through anything else.
I just had to decide, “Do I want Jesus and His love more than anything else? Is that going to be my lifelong desire? Or do I want to continue messing everything up?”
April 2006. Beginning of the journey. I picked up my cross, and followed Him.

And have truly found LIFE. And every day, I thank God for the “indescribable gift.”

5 comments:

Michelle said...

I hope you don't mind if I follow your blog. I think your writing is so beautiful, & I'm inspired. :)

His,
Michelle

AFamousStatue said...

Mind? I'm so honored!! Thank you for the encouragement!! It means so much!

RunTX said...

Happy Birthday!
I look forward to you visiting my blog and also becoming a follower as I will become a follower of your blog too.

Blessings!

Abigail said...

i could say the same about your blog! thanks for your transparency in this post.

isn't life an interesting thing? especially a life surrendered to the Lord. i'm so glad you've found Him :). and because you've found Him, that makes us like sisters in a way. i can't think of a better sisterhood than one based on such beautiful truth.

happy 21st year to you!

-abby

AFamousStatue said...

Thank you so much, RunTX and Abigail. SUCH a blessing!!