How Do You Lay Down Your Life?
Sometimes particular scriptures come to mind and I wonder why. Today's scripture is an example of this. I was praying for guidance concerning what to write about for Saturday Scriptures and this scripture almost immediately popped into my head. But then, I wondered why it had popped into my head. What is its meaning for me and for you? It's wonderful when a scripture comes to my mind that applies to a situation that I am going through at the time, but today this didn't seem to be the case. To me, laying down your life has always meant dying. When Jesus spoke this scripture, He was referring to his imminent crucifixion. As I pondered this scripture, however, the thought occurred to me that perhaps there is more than one way to "lay down your life" for another person. Perhaps dying isn't always involved. Mothers lay down their lives for their children when they care for their children's needs over their own. Spouses lay down their lives when they provide care giving for their spouse rather than pursuing another activity. Friends lay down their lives for one another when they take time out of their busy schedules to be with one another. Family members lay down their lives when they give up personal time to interact and care for one another. Volunteers lay down their lives when they choose to do something for someone else that doesn't involve pay or personal gain. The list can go on and on of ways that one can "lay down their life" for others. Although the ultimate laying down of one's life is dying to save others, like Jesus did for us, I believe the Lord is reminding me that there are other ways, as well, to lay down one's life for another. And in whatever way we lay down our lives for others, we are giving of ourselves as an act of friendship and love.