Posted by: Daniel Comstock | September 1, 2006

A Choice Calling for Discipline By Henri Nouwen

When we look critically at the many thoughts and feelings
that fill our minds and hearts, we may come to the
horrifying discovery that we often choose death instead of
life, curse instead of blessing.  Jealousy, envy, anger,
resentment, greed, lust, vindictiveness, revenge, hatred …
they all float in that large reservoir of our inner life.
Often we take them for granted and allow them to be there
and do their destructive work.

But God asks us to choose life and to choose blessing.  This
choice requires an immense inner discipline.  It requires a
great attentiveness to the death-forces within us and a
great commitment to let the forces of life come to dominate
our thoughts and feelings.  We cannot always do this alone;
often we need a caring guide or a loving community to
support us.   But it is important that we both make the
inner effort and seek the support we need from others to
help us choose life.

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