Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You're not in the driver's seat; I am. Don't run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I'll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?Matthew 16:24-26 (The Message)
I've seen the polar ends of America in only a short time here in Manhattan... the rich with their fur and big cars... the poor lying on the streets. It breaks your heart.
We are called to care... called to give a damn about those less fortunate than ourselves. Its not about me anymore... its about us.
Thing is too... everything my heart desires is around me... but what would it benefit me if I lose me [my soul... my essence] in the trade off?
Its time for our souls and our words to merge (as the prophet wrote on the station wall)... to become one... where we become what we say... say what we are... and for that we need God's grace. As the Songster piece goes...
Grace to forgiveThink about it.
Grace to forget
Who dares to throw the stone?
Grace to endure man's pettiness
Grace to forgive my own!
From all pretence by grace set free
Make me the one I am thought to be
To be like you in word and deed
Your grace, limitless, I need