The Freedom of Surrender
“Only those who throw away their lives for My sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live.” (Mark 8:35 LB)
Ramblings from Lacy’s dad – Early on in her acting days, Lacy was the typical little girl wanting to have the best role. She was young and inexperienced, so she was destined to be 3rd child on the right in the chorus. Each musical she was in she loved the experience, but longed to be one of the handful who always seemed to qualify for the lead role. I remember one show, Narnia, she was a black fairy, had no lines, and went to all those rehearsals for a total stage time of about 4 minutes.
But Lacy did adore Mallory, the star of the play. While Lacy was in the 4th grade, the lead was a senior, playing the role of the White Queen. She was always kind to Lacy, encouraging her every chance she got. What I noticed was the White Queen always did what she was asked, even if it put her in “bad light”. If the scene called for her to have unflattering makeup or costume, she gladly complied. The directors knew that she would do what was asked, and do it to the best of her ability. I knew while she was still in school and a show was cast, she would have the lead.
Lacy learned a lot from watching Mallory. She learned humility. She learned compassion and empathy for others. She learned to do what was asked on stage, even if it wasn’t necessarily flattering. Today when I watch Lacy, I see Mallory. I see a young lady who does her best, every time.
Isn’t that what Christ did? God asked Him to step out onto the stage called humanity. He asked Jesus to take the lead role in a play that in some of the final scenes on Earth, called for Him to be in some painful situations. He was called on to be flogged, beaten, mocked, and finally crucified. But Jesus did exactly what was scripted before the beginning of time. Even when His character was called on to die, with real blood, His blood, He gave His ALL…
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. (Mark 8:35 ESV)