Friday, May 7, 2010

I really loved the section, "Out of our wounds, comes our glory" in Wild at Heart. Everyone has wounds, hurts, failures, pieces of a broken heart. It's only when we face those things and except that we need the Lord in our life, that we can finally overcome them. This is especially true for "strong, secure" men.

"Until we are broken, our life will be self-centered, self-reliant, our strength will be our own. So long as you think you are really something in and of yourself, what will you need God for? I don't trust a man who hasn't suffered; I don't let a man get close to me who hasn't faced his wound."

In my own life, the lowest times are the times that God becomes real and powerful to me. If everything was rainbows and lollipops all the time, God would never get the close, intimate relationship with us that he so desires, because we would believe our own strength is enough.

"To do for yourself the best that you have it in you to do-- to grit your teeth and clench your fists in order to survive the world at his harshest and worst-- is, by that very act, to be unable to let something be done for you and in you that is more wonderful still. The trouble with steeling yourself against the harshness of reality is that the same steel that secures your life against being destroyed secures your life also against being opened up and transformed." (The sacred Journey)

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