“The ego is the false self-born out of fear and defensiveness.” — John O’Donohue
We place ourselves at the center of the universe. God removes us, and takes the spot for Himself. Such is God's order of the universe. When we understand this, we find our true state of being. Man believes that life starts at birth. God believes that life starts at death. Each day, we attempt to deny the self, the “Id” of our lives, according to Sigmund Freud.
“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations.” — C.S. Lewis, "The Weight of Glory"
Philosopher Sigmund Freud described the "Id" aspect of our personalities. This fleshly being cares only for himself or herself, and is consumed with taking, seldom giving anything back.
“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.” — St. Augustine
God loves adventures.
Who of us cannot relate to Frodo, and his best friend sidekick Samwise Gamgee. Frodo, the impulsive hero, on a mission to deliver the Ring of Power, and Samwise Gamgee, who recognizes that he himself cannot be the carrier of the ring, but he can carry his friend Frodo.
So chapter after chapter in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, the steady Samwise keeps his friend Frodo on the rails, despite his frequent diversions from the path.
“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.” — Ann Landers
Perfection is a prison. We start out laboring to achieve it, but end up in bondage. The perfection we seek is an illusion. But when the true perfect comes, the partial things will fade away. I have strived for perfection my whole life. I know personally how much of a prison this pursuit can become. Unfortunately, I’ve also expected the same of my wife and kids. In doing so, I inevitably set them up for failure, because perfection is an unattainable goal. Instead of doing good, this expectation ends up hurting my relationship with them. I’m grateful to the Lord that He has helped them mostly recover from my mistakes.
Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all." — Vincent van Gogh
We’ve been told that most communication is nonverbal. Yet our primary means of connection, email and text message, eliminate that element altogether (with the exception of emojis). The consequences of this contradiction can be found on any newsstand. If we’re this bad at it, we should ask ourselves, "How good is God at communicating?"
“In His holy flirtation with the world, God occasionally drops a handkerchief. These handkerchiefs are called saints.” — Frederick Buechner
When she heard 1 Corinthians 13 for the first time, a friend asked, “That’s in the Bible?” “Absolutely,” I replied. “It’s rather well-known.” “Wow,” she said, “I never would have thought.” Upon hearing this, my first reaction was, “Where’ve you been all your life?” But after further reflection, this exchange highlighted a flaw in our common understanding.