Jesus said, "Deny yourself and follow Me." But instead, I've denied myself for everybody but Him.
I've sacrificed myself to follow my husband. To lead my ministry. For the sake of my family. For the love of my friends.
I've gotten really good at self-sacrifice. So good, that I readily throw myself under the bus to keep peace. I take responsibility for others' wrongdoing when they're not willing to own it themselves.
I've been denying myself.
But I haven't been denying myself to follow Christ.
I've been denying myself to follow others. To simply be seen, rather than invisible. To receive love. To avoid rejection.
And in doing so, I handed the reins of my life over to everyone around me. I surrendered the control of my life to others.
I'm tired of denying myself for all the wrong reasons.
I want to live surrendered. But I want only to surrender to God.
He is the only One worth denying myself for.