Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fading "Rights"


I'm loving our current Women's Group book right now. Don't let the title make you assume it's watered-down or cheesy since it's specifically for the ladies. We all had the same thought when we first considered this light blue, "pretty" theology book with an artsy brown bird on it. :) It's good, deep stuff. Really helpful reminders. Truth to apply.

Here's one worth sharing. I'm always inspired to put up verses or quotes on my bathroom mirror or in my kitchen, by where I do dishes, but I just don't. I never move past the "being inspired" stage, I guess. But this one went on a card and up a few days ago. So far, it's been applicable every day. Something to chew on, for sure. It is part of a summary of Philippians 2, in a chapter entitled God Is Our Savior, Example, and Bridegroom.

We are called to willingly give up our rights and welcome the sacrifices that accompany being a servant to others. We are not called to think badly of ourselves. People who think badly of themselves are as self-centered as those who think highly of themselves. Instead, we are called not to think of ourselves at all. As our grasp on our perceived rights weakens, our needs fade into the background, and we become little images of Christ - consumed with the needs of others to the forgetfulness of our own.

-Wendy Horger Alsup, Practical Theology for Women: How Knowing God Makes a Difference in Our Daily Lives

2 comments:

Jenn said...

This book looks good! Thanks for sharing about it and the quote. I am calling you next week, friend! I look forward to talking to you!

Meredith said...

Thanks for the sweet words. Which women's group are you in?