Sunday, 27 January 2008

Life At Its Best - 9 on Humility

We are always, it seems, reeling from one side of the road to the other as we travel in the way of faith. At one turning of the road we are presented with awesome problems and terrifying emergencies. We rise to the challenge, take things into our own hands to become master of the situation, telling God, 'Thank you, but get lost. We'll take care of this one ourselves.' At the next turning we are overwhelmed and run in a panic to some kind of infantile religion that will solve all our problems for us, freeing us of the burden of thinking and the difficulty of choosing. We are, alternately, rebellious runaways and whining babies. Worse, we have numerous experts, so-called, encouragin us to pursue one or the other of these ways.
-- p. 137 Life At Its Best by Eugene Peterson

Then he concludes:
[Psalm 131] nurtures: a quality of calm confidence and quiet strength which knows the difference between unruly arrogance and faithful aspiration, knows how to discriminate between infantile dependency and childlike trust, and chooses to aspire and to trust 0 and to sing, 'Enough for me to keep my soul tranquil and quiet like a child in its mother's arms, as content as a child that has been weaned.'
- p. 138 Life At Its Best by Eugene Peterson

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