Day 27

“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


I appreciate this quote.


It is a spiritual discipline to be realistic and intentional in our thought life.  Again, this harkens back to what we believe about God.  This is NOT about what we SAY we believe about God, this is what we actually believe.


Can we accept the hovering God of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and even that goof Abraham?

Can we accept the teachings of Jesus – especially the incovenienet ones?


This is a spiritual discipline.  There are huge implications.  It requires us to notice when our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are not lining up with what we believe.  It demands that we make changes.  This is never easy, but it is necessary.  Today, what changes do you need to make Beloved?


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