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 have nothing to live for.”
One night while sleeping he had a dream. His son 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 truly overwhelming. Tragedy strikes, disasters invade our lives 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.
There is always a battle between Someone and something. But if we willingly center our lives on Him and worship and serve Him, we will discover true life.
Prayer: Father, to say we will surrender to You is easier said than done. But give us no peace until we try. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Mark 8:34-38 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.