Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tossed

A dear friend and mentor sent this quote to me today from Henry Nouwen's "The Return of the Prodigal Son."

At issue here is the question: 'To whom do I belong? To God or to the world?' Many of my daily preoccupations suggest that I belong more to the world than to God. A little criticism makes me angry, and a little rejection makes me depressed. A little praise raises my spirits, and a little success excites me. It takes very little to raise me up or thrust me down. Often I am like a small boat on the ocean, completely at the mercy of its waves. All the time and energy I spend in keeping some kind of balance and preventing myself from being tipped over and drowning shows that my life is mostly a struggle for survival: not a holy struggle, but an anxious struggle resulting from a mistaken idea that it is the world that defines me.


to be continued...

1 comment:

  1. I have become a Henry fan as well...and thats not just because that is my Dad, Brother, and Nephews middle name.... I have enjoyed his writing. :)

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