Deny self

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (‭Luke‬ ‭9‬:‭23‬ NIV)

This has been my creed for much of my adult life. Deny myself. 

I have learned this week that the ultimate purpose in denying self is to glorify God. All those times I gave up my right, my way, my feelings to keep peace and make another happy we’re in vain. People don’t see God in that, they just see me as a martyr. 

I am not certain when my thinking got twisted or how to straighten it out. Luckily I know the One who does and I rely on Him daily. 

May all I say and do be for the glory of God that others may know Him and His love for them. 

AJ 

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