Friday, September 30, 2005I am a Jacksonian in the most pejorative sense of the word. Brash. Arrogant. Fiercely and (often) unnecessarily independent. Lord cure me of my pride. Make me humble.
I worry too much. I should not do that. The solutions are in all of the problems, and that makes me very, very glad. Peaceful, even.
You can agree or disagree with Eugene Peterson (I don't always agree), but I really appreciated this interview from a few months back (HT: iMonk). I try to always remember this part:
"But the minute we start advertising the faith in terms of benefits, we're just exacerbating the self problem. "With Christ, you're better, stronger, more likeable, you enjoy some ecstasy." But it's just more self. Instead, we want to get people bored with themselves so they can start looking at Jesus.
We've all met a certain type of spiritual person. She's a wonderful person. She loves the Lord. She prays and reads the Bible all the time. But all she thinks about is herself. She's not a selfish person. But she's always at the center of everything she's doing. "How can I witness better? How can I do this better? How can I take care of this person's problem better?" It's me, me, me disguised in a way that is difficult to see because her spiritual talk disarms us."