Right now I am sitting in the Miami airport waiting to get on my flight to Peru.
SO many thoughts are running through my head (a lot of those thoughts have to do with how cold it is in this airport!!). I can't stop thinking about my family, my friends, and my church. I will miss everyone so much; my heart aches at the thought. But... even stronger than this.. are the thoughts toward my Heavenly Father. As I am sitting here in the airport, a song keeps running through my head:
"I let go of all I have just to have all of You, and no matter what the cost I will follow You. Jesus everything I have lost I have found in You. When I finally reach the end I'll say 'You are worth it all' ". -Ben Cantelon
He IS worth it all. Every tear that was shed, every family occasion missed, every holiday forgotten, every hard day, every ridicule, every smack and slap.... He endured this and so much more for our sakes. So, I will be honored to do so for Him.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." - Matthew 16:24
I must remind you, it is NOT easy to be Jesus diciple. It is very hard. If you think being a Christian is easy... odds are you are not denying yourself and following Jesus. I am not saying this to judge or even sound like I have it together... but simply to remind that to follow Jesus will mean we have to deny our own selfish wants and needs (like spending the 4th of July with my parents in Arkansas, haha!).
Today, deny yourself. Listen to Jesus. Love Him. He is worth it all.