Matthew 16:25 (New International Version)
"25For whoever wants to save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it."
This verse of scripture always niggles somewhere at the back of my mind. I suppose the reason is it just doesn't make any sense in the normal run of things. It is a call to live outside of the current paradigm of 'success & failure', where success is rewarded and failure is ignored or frowned upon. My experience is that the more we live for the successes in life we quickly drop in the in-between times to being disappointed until we reach the next success story. We are programmed to move upward towards greatness but the opposite may be called for when encountering Christ. This would mean embracing our failures and in doing so embrace the reality of the human lot. To learn from the 'downs' in our life and enter into the reality of the human race as weak, broken and in need of healing we tell the real story. To 'find life' is about the real things of life, the way we walk with others, hear each other and to live in the light of the greatest 'failure' story - the lonely Christ who identified with human weakness.