Leland Stanford has been highly recognized for his business ventures, political achievements and interest in education. His only child, a son, died at age fifteen. He was so overwhelmed by this loss that he once cried out, “I now have nothing to live for.”
One night while sleeping he had a dream. In his dream his son appeared and seemed to be saying to him, “Live for other children.” As a result of this dream, he endowed Stanford University to honor his son and other children.
Many times we are threatened by events that are devastating and truly overwhelming. Tragedy strikes, disasters invade our lives, and everyone and everything we counted on for our security seems to collapse. Could it be that God is trying to get our attention?
Jesus once said, “If you give up your life for My sake and the sake of the Good News, you will find true life.” The message is rather simple and straight forward: “Allow Me to control your destiny and direct your life. Let Me lead you each day as you share My message.” However, what may sound simple is not always easy. When times are tough and days are difficult and nights seem endless, a good question to ask is: “God, please tell me or show me what You want me to do? If You will, I will obey Your voice!”
There is always a battle between Someone and something. But, if we willingly center our lives on Him and worship, seek His will, and serve Him, we will discover true life.
Prayer: Father, to say we surrender our lives to You is easier said than done. But give us no peace until we do, and then the willingness to do what You ask. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Mark 8:34-38 Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.