Friday, March 28, 2008

Living Sacrifice-Dying To Self

When you are forgotten, neglected, or purposely set at naught,
And you don’t sting or hurt with 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 lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity,
Any annoyance; when you can stand face to face with waste, folly,
Extravagance, spiritual insensibility, and endure it as Jesus did;
That is dying to self
When you are content with any food, and offering,
any raiment, any climate,
Any society, any solitude, any interruption by the will of God;
That is dying to self
When you never care to refer to yourself in
conversation or 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 can
Honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no envy,
not question God,
While your own needs are far greater and you are in desperate
That is dying to self
When you can receive correction from one of less stature than
Yourself and can humbly submit, inwardly as well as outwardly,
Finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart;
That is dying to self

Author unknown.