Death to Life


The ego-created false self must dissolve…or you will never discover your true self.

(Listen to my song “Take the Road Less Traveled” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


John 16:20

“Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.”


Jesus knew his followers would grieve when he was killed…but he also knew that they would rejoice after his resurrection.

Such it is in life when we lose something or someone…or even as we slowly lose the false image of ourselves.

Our egos are more concerned about an image reflected by our power, prestige and possessions.

If we awaken from the delusion of this image…we realize that these things will not last.

We realize that in order to grow…the egocentric version of ourselves must die…so that our true selves can rise.

This reminds us of one of the key teachings of Jesus: “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit” (John 12:24).

Your true self  “produces much fruit” because reflects the unique image of God that you were meant to reflect. 

Observe your ego and its self-centered ways.

Do not fight or repress it as it is not your “bad” self…but your “false” self.

Your ego can help you immensely once you utilize it as your friend.

Simply observe it and see it for what it is…and its control over you will begin to fade.

The decline of the false self will always be difficult.

You may feel like weeping and mourning.

But as Jesus showed us…something old must end for something new and beautiful to start!

Your grief will also become joy as you live as your true self.


Listen to the song of the day “Take the Road Less Traveled” on the Live to Love album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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