Exchanging Self

At some point in our life we will be called to exchange self for someone else’s problem, illness, or crisis. He or she might be a spouse, sibling, parent, child, friend, or a complete stranger.

When it happens, it can be one of the most profound spiritual moments you can experience. For in so doing and in making the sacrifice of self, you discover the person who you really are. When you quit complaining about the task and embrace the ordeal, you become who we are all called to be — our’s brother/sister’s keeper.

In the Good Samaritan parable, Jesus is asked about how to gain eternal life. He answers: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” In a way Christ was saying exchange self for your neighbor is every aspect of your life.

Now who wants to have “eternal life” now and in the future?


About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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