Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Henri Nouwen on self-rejection vs. humility

Growing Beyond Self-Rejection

One of the greatest dangers in the spiritual life is self-rejection. When we say, "If people really knew me, they wouldn't love me," we choose the road toward darkness. Often we are made to believe that self-deprecation is a virtue, called humility. But humility is in reality the opposite of self-deprecation. It is the grateful recognition that we are precious in God's eyes and that all we are is pure gift. To grow beyond self-rejection we must have the courage to listen to the voice calling us God's beloved sons and daughters, and the determination always to live our lives according to this truth.

I really get this. It can sometimes seem a short distance between real humility and self-rejection.

1 comment:

Sandra said...

D'oh! Argh...this is so easy to understand with the head, yet so hard to get with the heart.