Over the Christmas Holidays, I went to see quite a few movies. One of my favorites was the children’s animated movie Frozen (Disney).
It is a story of love, betrayal, and sacrifice.
In the movie, the younger sister Anna displays an act of true love by her willingness to sacrifice herself to save her sister. Which, in my opinion, was a nice twist instead of playing the “true love’s kiss” fairytale card.
The movie really made me think about what it means when Jesus tells us that, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
There probably won’t be many times in most of our lives when we will actually lay down our physical lives for family or friends. However, I think that most of us will have opportunities to “lay down” our will for our family or a friend. Although, the biggest opportunity we are given each day is to choose to lay down our will in front of God.
I don’t know about you, but over my lifetime I’ve had many a grand plan for my life. Some of them were whimsical dreams such as being a princess who was rescued by Prince Charming. Others were more practical dreams such as getting a college degree so that I could be a lawyer one day.
I can tell you that it was never my dream to be a pregnant teenager struggling with addictions wondering where my next meal was going to come from. I can also tell you, with all certainty, that it wasn’t God’s dream for me either!
The life I lived back then was simply a product of my expressing my own will in the most detrimental of ways. As I look back, I realize that during those years I had plenty of opportunities to “lay down” my own will before the Lord…yet I never did. I was of the mind that I wanted what I wanted, when I wanted it – no matter what.
All that mentality got me was the “no matter what” life.
I had no clue what to do about my situation, but God had a plan. I don’t really remember when I made the decision to place the baby I was carrying for adoption. All I know, is that I knew that she would be better off with a family who could love her and care for her the way she deserved. I was not in a place mentally or emotionally to do that for her. During that dark period of my life, that is the only time I truly lay down my will for another.
Looking back now, I believe that was the first time I lay down my will before God also. I was too young to make a coherent decision about my life back then. I needed help from Someone who knew what it meant to lay down His life for another.
Between that one moment in my past and this present day, I’m sure I’ve missed plenty of opportunities to lay down my will before the Lord. The good news is that each moment I do choose to lay down my will before the Lord, He rejoices. Each time I choose to follow His will for my life I’m blessed with some kind of healing. Sometimes it is emotional healing, sometimes physical, and many times it is spiritual healing.
Something always happens when we choose His will…always!