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June 11, 2022

Denying 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)

As followers of Christ, we are called to deny ourselves. This means that we are supposed to give up anything that would hinder God’s will in our lives. This sounds easy in theory - we all want to avoid sin and honor God with our lives. But in practice, it’s a little harder.

In baseball, it’s so important to know and remember that we are in this life because it is where God has called us, and we have a unique opportunity to minister through our roles. But the not so glamorous realities of this life can quickly become a source of contempt in our hearts.

Why am I in a crappy apartment all alone in a new city? Why am I packing up yet again? Why is someone else moving up and we are still here?

When these situations start to overwhelm us, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that right where we are is right where God has placed us, with a purpose.

This is where denying self can really take place. We can choose to find contentment when our situations are less than ideal. We can choose to encourage our husbands instead of being bitter. We can choose to thank God for what He has blessed us with, instead of complaining when we don’t have the outcomes we want.

Denying ourselves means choosing to see the good in the hard situations, and making the most of where God has us.

God is glorified in our lives when we choose to put aside our own desires and be satisfied in knowing we are exactly where He has placed us, for a reason.


Prayer: Lord, give me the strength to choose contentment, even when it is the furthest thing from my heart. Let me see that you have a purpose in putting me exactly where I am.

Suggested Reading: Luke 9

Hannah Sneed

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