A Christian often finds himself caught in the middle – wanting to show compassion but needing to stand firm on convictions; facing battles in this world, but without using the same weapons the world uses. The life of loving an enemy, turning the other cheek, and washing smelly feet is not an easy one. We are called to loose our life for Christ’s sake in order to find it. This requires a complete change of heart which only God can accomplish within us. The Psalmist prayed, “Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.”(86:11) To love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ is to live daily facing this contrast between the world, and the life we are called to in Jesus. He, alone, can help us meet this challenge as we seek Him in prayer, and yield to His guiding hand in the circumstances of life.