Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Growing Beyond Self-Rejection (Henri Nouwen)

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.

1 comment:

  1. I really love this reflection Paul. I was JUST talking to someone about this. Not only does self love and appreciation not have to conflict with the true definition of humility...it also doesn't have to conflict with being an assertive person in life. When you think less of yourself, or worry that others can't accept the real you, then you inadvertently shut yourself down to things you are entitled to: respect, personal space, etc you name it! Looking forward to checking out your blog!