Monday, July 19, 2010

On the arm of my chair...

...Dangerous Surrender: What Happens When You Say Yes to God by Kay Warren.

"Before we initiate God's love to hurting, suffering people, we must surrender first our carefully cultivated illusions about the depth of our brokenness. We must admit that we are wretched and are completely unable to fix ourselves. By awknowledging our shared depravity and capacity for evil, we can reach out to a fallen brother or sister in mercy rather than in hatred...

As long as we refuse to look squarely into the mirror of God's Word and get an accurate picture of ourselves, we actually do more harm than good. We must see ourselves, not as separate from others -- better, more educated, more cultured, more sophisticated, more civilized, less sinful, less evil, less prone to violence, less likely to cause harm -- but as identical to them in our capacity to do evil. Otherwise, we end up serving others from a position of pride, congratulating ourselves for our noble sacrifices rather than coming alongside a fellow stumbler and offering not our wholeness but our brokenness."

4 comments:

jan said...

really glad you got this book.....unbelievable how it parallels your feelings after being in Africa, huh? just got back from china and already dreaming of Rwanda :)

xoxo, jan

Mark and Sarah said...

What a wonderful passage. Thank you for sharing.

Kelsi RaeAnne said...

Wow.
I needed to read this.

Thank you, Riann.

:)

Let's get coffee sometime -- I'd love to chat before I leave for school!

Kristie Booster said...

Absolutely love this, Riann! So true with every personal encounter we have.