Day 25: Surrendering our pride
My heart is not proud, O Lord,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
One of the things that gets in the way as we draw closer to God is our pride.
Humility is perpetual quietness of heart. It is to have no trouble. It is never to be fretted or vexed, or irritable, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing that is done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised, it is to have a blessed home in myself where I can go in and shut the door and kneel to my Father in secret and be at peace, as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and about is seeming trouble. Andrew Murray
Humility is not a matter of beating ourselves up. It is not a question of judging ourselves as stupid or sinful, as hopeless or bad. Who are we to judge these things? Humility, it seems, is the gentle acceptance of that most tender place inside ourselves that throbs with the pain of separation from the Beloved. It is that deep knowingness that identification with the false self brings nothing but further separation. It is an initially reluctant dropping down into the emptiness and an ultimate experience of peace when we stop doing and rediscover simple being. . . when we heed the call to cease creating and remember that we are created. Mirabai Starr, Dark Night of the Soul
Can we release the focus on ourselves and shift it to God?
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.