Monday, October 27, 2008

Hard Reality

Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real. - Iris Murdoch

Two fundamentally flawed (people used to call it a sin nature) people marry. Then one comes to the horrifying realization that the other is primarily a self-absorbed individual. Even more frightening is the insight that you yourself are equally as enthralled in the absorption of all that makes self "self".

Here's my definition: Love is seeing what needs to be done for your family, and getting up and doing it. And doing it again tomorrow. And the next day. And the next. Whether anyone else is or not.

Ah, but how difficult the death of the self cult comes! My self fights this concept. My self kicks and screams. My self will ruin me and others if I let it.

There are real people, real things, reality, that must be acknowledged and treated with care. But self will grow to fill the expanse, if I let it.

This is why the Bible describes daily dying to self. Because that's how persistent it is. Self must be pushed back daily, hourly, minute by minute.

And how we hate the process.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sanctification is a moment by moment battle. When Jesus told us to take up our cross He was telling us to prepare for a life of daily self-crucifixion. Thanks for the encouragement!

Pastor Dad

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