Friday, January 10, 2014

Growing Beyond Self-Rejection

Here is a great thought from the popular devotional writer Henri Nouwen. As people we can easily reject ourselves. If it gets out of hand it can lead to self-destructive behaviors. Nouwen shares the difference between self-rejection and humility. 

Growing Beyond Self-Rejection

"One of the greatest dangers in the spiritual life is self-rejection. When we say, "If people really knew me, they wouldn't love me," we choose the road toward darkness. Often we are made to believe that self-deprecation is a virtue, called humility. But humility is in reality the opposite of self-deprecation. It is the grateful recognition that we are precious in God's eyes and that all we are is pure gift. To grow beyond self-rejection we must have the courage to listen to the voice calling us God's beloved sons and daughters, and the determination always to live our lives according to this truth."
Henri Nouwen
Have a great weekend, my friends. Enjoy this beautiful painting from ArtbyEvelynMarie.


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