Sat 12 May 2012
Posted by Andrew Mitry under Christianity
My heart is not proud, Lord,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me. (Psalm 131:1 NIV)
We often forget our humanity, our limits, and our inability to change others. Considering that David was one of the more powerful people in his day, it is striking how he reminds himself in this psalm not to think more highly of himself than he ought.
The following words from an anonymous rabbi have served me well over the years to keep me focused on Christ changing me:
When I was young, I set out to change the world. When I grew a little older, I perceived this was too ambitious, so I set out to change my state. This too I realized was too ambitious, so I set out to change my town. When I realized I could not even do this, I tried to change my family. Now as an old man I know that I should have started by changing myself. If I had started with myself, maybe then I would have succeeded in changing my family, the town, or even the state – and who knows maybe even the world.
-Hasidic Rabbi on his Deathbed
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