Living For Self

Living for self is a losing proposition.

Mark 8:35: For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel*s, the same shall save it.

This is a prayer of Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the United States Senate in the 1940s:

Our Father, help us to understand that when we try to live without Thee, we are unable to live with ourselves; and when we say *No* to Thee, we are denying our own best interest. Whatever other rewards or punishments Thou has ordained, we are finding out that we cannot do wrong and feel right, for there is a law within Thy universe that acts around us and in us. Give to each one of us, we pray, that intelligent self-interest that shall persuade us to do Thy will. Teach us that obeying Thee and Thy will is a forced option . . . like eating. We do not have to eat, but if we do not, we cannot live. We are not forced to obey Thee, but if we do not, we hurt ourselves. Convict us of the folly of walking against Thy lights, that we may live longer and better. By the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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