Lay down your life for a moment

Anton Mauve, 1838-1888 Shepherd and Sheep oil on canvas, ca.1880 Cincinnati Museum of Art

Anton Mauve, 1838-1888
Shepherd and Sheep
oil on canvas, ca.1880
Cincinnati Museum of Art
via Wikimedia Commons

Sometimes I lay down my life for a while when a friend is in need. I put aside my own chores, amusements, or quiet time to listen and encourage. When the time is right, I take up my life again and go on.

Sometimes I lay down my life for a while when my elderly father needs an advocate. I make phone calls, ask for information, and get some answers on his behalf. When the time is right, I take up my life again and go on.

I have the power to lay down my life for the moment and help others. I have the power to take up my life again and move on without having lost myself. It is my privilege and calling to exercise this power in a way that reflects the example of Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

[Jesus said:] “No one takes [my life] from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again. This command I have received from my Father.” John 10:18

4 thoughts on “Lay down your life for a moment

  1. Colleen Fullbright

    Wow. I love this. “When the time is right, I take up my life again and go on.” Yes, a time for giving, for sacrificing, for laying down my life. A time, too, to take it up again and go on. I don’t think I’ve ever read such a beautiful meditation on a “time for everything.”

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  2. SR

    This is absolutely beautiful! I thank God so much for you Mary, as my life is changing so much, in a very good way. There is something about your writings that is giving me great peace and great change. Love your soul so much. God Bless, SR

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    1. Mary Ann Post author

      The Easter Season is a season of the Lord’s peace. I’m glad you’re feeling it.
      “[Jesus said,] ‘Peace be with you.'” Luke 24:36

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