Day 21

“First of all, you have to keep unmasking the world about you for what it is: manipulative, controlling, power-hungry, and, in the long run, destructive. The world tells you many lies about who you are, and you simply have to be realistic enough to remind yourself of this. Every time you feel hurt, offended, or rejected, you have to dare to say to yourself: ‘These feelings, strong as they may be, are not telling me the truth about myself. The truth, even though I cannot feel it right now, is that I am the chosen child of God, precious in God’s eyes, called the Beloved from all eternity, and held safe in an everlasting belief.”

Henri J.M. Nouwen, Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World


Take note – we may live in a world that is manipulative, controlling, etc., but you are the chosen child of God.  Precious in God’s eyes.  Called the Beloved from all eternity, and held safe in an everlasting belief.  

Folks, this HAS to make a difference in how we relate to one another.

I do not believe that the world is this inherently evil place – it was created by God after all!  And I get nervous when we talk the “world” in negative tones – because, we are the world.  

But it is true that if you look around with only a small portion of attentiveness, it is still pretty obvious that there is a lot of destructive practices taking up the headline space.  This is sad.


But headlines are not the whole truth – thankfully.


Today, try to think about everyone you come in contact with – especially yourself as beloved, chosen, precious.  See how that might change the way you interact with the world around you.



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