In John 10:10 Jesus promises His followers abundant life. This blog is about my life as His follower.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Ouch

Ever heard that expression "the Truth hurts"?

Well one of the hurtful self truths I've been dealing with lately is self absorption-I'm seeing more and more what a problem it is in my life. Pete Wilson posted this quote from A.W. Tozer's The Pursuit of God that I read this morning and it totally nailed me:

There is within the human heart a tough fibrous root of fallen life whose nature is to possess, always possess. It covets “things” with a deep and fierce passion. The pronouns “my” and “mine” look innocent enough in print, but their constant and universal use is significant…

They are verbal symptoms of our deep disease. The roots of our hearts have grown down into things, and we dare not pull up one root lest we die. Things have become necessary to us, a development never originally intended. God’s gifts now take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the monstrous substitution.



As I'm here thinking about my daily times with God, they are all too focused on me and my needs and what I want (even when what I'm wanting is for others). I recognize that it's been awhile since I just basked in His presence and sang songs of adoration to Him, focused on His Wonderfulness and praised Him.

I'm sure grateful for the Holy Spirit's conviction and the power He gives me to change.

What about you, do you ever fall into the me-me-me trap?

5 comments:

Deborah Ann said...

As far as things...as long as I remember it's God's and not really mine, I'm fine with that.

As far as people...ouch indeed! Double take here...

Michelle said...

It seems as if when I reflect, I'm always in the "me-trap."

I really see your conviction in your writings and sometimes it's strange to me you don't fall more on the reformed side of things. Not many people can truly see our nature and need for Christ and I see that in you. Thanks for your great posts!

RCUBEs said...

Yes, thanks be to the convictions from the Holy Spirit. When everything is exposed to His truth and light, nothing is hidden! Even if it hurts! Thankful here for your honesty. So inspiring that you brought up our old program into how it's like being renewed by Him. Take care sister and God bless.

Andrea said...

Basking in HIS presence,
andrea

嘉容嘉容 said...

自然是上帝最偉大的神來之筆。......................................................

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