Upon a twilight night, I encountered a young man lost and abandoned in the midst of a dark forest who became subject to vanity, pride, jealousy, judgment, selfishness, lasciviousness, malice, manipulation, rebellion, and self-righteousness. I know him well presently, notwithstanding I found him to be illusive and mysterious beforehand. I kept recalling tales of his exploits and faults, yet perplexed I would constantly endeavor to refute considering his acquaintance. At the foot of my desperation when I was rendered companionless, I came across a historic man that I verily hath yet to lay eyes upon who claimed to have saved the world through his sacrificial atonement as the world crucified Him. I believed unto Him with sincerity and salvation was opened unto me as He revealed to me that which was hidden: I am in reality that lost young man and I was verily seeking Him out in the epoch of adolescence. By His grace and mercy, He washed away the crimson stain of my transgressions and set me on a path where I am justified in His sight able to fully endure and acknowledge the truth of my identity.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom." - Matthew 16:24-28