Those who love their life lose it,
and those who hate their life in this world
will keep it for eternal life.
Your name tag, your selfie,
your bio, the word on the street,
and most, the idea of you in your head—
they are lies. Disdain them.
The life you give away,
the self you didn’t become yourself,
a gift from God
(for free, but
only with some dying)—
Self-made life is already dead.
The gift of God lives
as long as God,
and as deep.
March 18, 2021