"He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for
my sake will find it." ...If you let go of life and peace and
focus on following the Lord, then you will find life and peace.
Jesus desires from us faithful following rather than using him to
get what we think we want. Much of our problem in life comes out
of our selfish pursuit of what we think will make us happy. Let
go of that, Jesus says, and worship: be faithful; follow; obey;
allow God to give you what you need and receive it as a gift. When
our wants are our focus and God is simply the means to accomplish
that focus, there can be no sense of gift or gratitude, because
what we have really done is acquired our wants.
sermon "Where Is Your Heart: With God or with Your Family?"
by The Rev. Robert C. Wisnewski, Jr.
the essay in its entirety.