"Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal."
- John 12:24-25 -
"Unbroken and unbruised men are of little use. Life is one constant battle after another in which the good triumphs over the bad, the spirit over the flesh. We have not begun to live until we cease to live for self. True living is dying.
When the law of self-sacrifice has become the principle of the heart, then one's life becomes a rich full blessing to others. Until we have learned this lesson, we cannot be truly useful to those around us."
-M.Taylor, taken from Streams in the Desert, Vol.2
This is a favorite passage of mine, and this quote expresses it's thought so well. We were created to die in order to live, to sacrifice in order to bless, to subdue and conquer our flesh in order to have joy and peace in our spirit.