Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Dying to Self

When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely set at naught, and you don't sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ,


That is dying to self.


When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinion ridiculed, and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart or even defend yourself, but take it all in patient loving silence,


That is dying to self.


When you are content with any food, any offering, any raiment, any climate, any society, any solitude, and interruption by the will of God,


That is dying to self.


When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or to record your own good works, or itch after commendation, when you can truly love to be unknown,


That is dying to self.


When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs met, and honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no envy nor question God, whild your own needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances,


That is dying to self.


When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself, and humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart,


That is dying to self.


~ Amy Carmichael

2 comments:

A Quiet Gracious Life said...

I've read this before and even posted it on my blog but I had *no idea* that Amy Carmichael wrote it. Every time I've read it is said it was written anonymously.

I'm glad to know who actually wrote it. (o:

Jo, just Jo said...

I think I should post this also. She sure said some truly noteworthy (lifechanging) things!

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