The dying that really needs to be done is to our own ego and our ego’s shallow desires. Because even the quest for a glorious martyrdom is really ego-driven so one needs to die to one’s own need. Die to thinking and acting as if it is all about me.
So that’s why I like Nicodemus. I am proud of someone who stepped out of the system and said I know everybody is saying this about you. I don’t know. Tell me what you are saying yourself. And I think that is probably one of the best ethical statements one can make.
You have to have guts to hope. You have to be willing to take chances, to define what it is that drives you, to stake a claim, and know that you will get your butt kicked more often than you care to. But knowing that helps you know also, that a butt-kickin’ isn’t the end of you. It’s just a lesson. Sometimes, you can get a butt kickin’ in as well.