Monday March 10, 2014
I think we stare at ourselves in the mirror for far too long.
It’s called introspection, self-examination, navel gazing, reflection. Some terms are kinder than others.
My problem with such self-examination is that we tend to wallow. We stay where we are, claiming grace as a justification for all our flaws.
Yes, grace is there. And it’s free and boundless and unlimited. There is no line.
But how can we to respond to that grace? With a fathomless awe and love that compels us to One who is the Good.
W.H. Auden sums it up beautifully, as he so often does:
“Unless introspection is accompanied…by an equal passion for the good life, it all too easily degenerates into a spineless, narcissistic fascination with our own sin and weakness.”
Give me that passion for good—for You, Lord—so that, in Your power, I respond to Your grace.
I'm linking up with Laura, Michelle, and Jen today.