"... true freedom is freedom to be my true self, as God made me and meant me to be. But God made me for loving, and loving is giving, self-giving. Therefore, in order to be myself, I have to deny myself, and give myself in love for God and others. In order to be free, I have to serve. In order to live, I have have to die to my own self-centredness. In order to find myself I have to lose myself in loving. I have read somewhere that Michelangelo put it beautifully in these words: 'When I am yours, then at last I am completely myself.' For I am not myself until I am yours (God's and others')."
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
I find these words of John Stott immensely challenging.