Friday, March 20, 2009

Unadorned Self

"1And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God."
-1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Just a reminder for me, when I get caught up in myself, my knowledge, and my talents... Well, Nouwen puts it better than me. Sometimes, I must be "forced to let go of my relevant self: the self that can do things, show things, prove things, build things- and force myself to reclaim that unadorned self in which I am completely vulnerable, open to receive and give love regardless of any accomplishments."

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