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.