"losing to gain"

I saw this quote the other day by George Herbert, “Sometimes the best gain is to lose”. It struck me because I was meditating on our upcoming week of Prayer and Fasting. Fasting really is all about that quote. We set aside certain foods or activities so that we might gain in our hearts, our lives, or our relationships some sort of gain that may not come to us if we aren’t willing to lose some of our normal privileges. But I think that quote goes much deeper than just the subject of prayer and fasting. Jesus said “He who finds his life will lose it". So let me ask a question; what would you hope to gain in 2018? Which leads to this follow up question; what are you willing to let go of or lose in order to gain it? Sometimes our biggest gains come from our biggest losses.