Suffering the Loss

Imagine my surprise when the Lord told me just moments ago to throw away the new book I have been writing. Okay, He didn’t exactly tell me to throw it away. He simply told me to start the book all over again – right at the beginning. Now, please understand. I have written over 14,000 words already. And then do you know what God did? He brought a scripture to mind before I threw a temper tantrum.

“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,….(Philippians 3:7-8 KJV).”

So I have lost over 14,000 words for Christ. I have lost much more for Christ. I have lost loved ones, I have lost dreams, I have lost hope for the future I wanted, I have lost friends, I have lost jobs, I have lost plans, I have lost what I desired, I have lost what I hoped for, I have lost the satisfaction of my flesh, I have lost comfort. And I have gained Christ, who means more to me than any of these. 
And I have gained a purity, a raw, wide open, significant, ever-growing, knowing of Him, and His love, a passion to share Him with a broken world that far surpasses any dream I ever set out to achieve for myself. For I no longer live for me. I live for Him. And for Him I will lose anything. For in Him I have all. 
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