Who Is The Center Of The Universe?
“I” am not the center of the universe. Unfortunately, we find it easy to have an intellectual understanding of that truth, but we find it difficult to grasp that fact emotionally. That results in a strange irony. We each take ourselves far more seriously than anyone does. That is, we each lack humility.
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” — Rick Warrenhttps://checkyourfact.com/2019/06/30/fact-check-cs-lewis-mere-christianity-humility-thinking-less-yourself/
Pride Versus Humility
Does thinking less of yourself seem like an odd way to be humble? Then consider jilldomschot‘s observation. What happens when we lack humility?
As a young woman, I used to make people, especially men, very angry, but I was never accused of having emotional arguments. I’ve only been accused of that after the age of forty, when I decided that emotions were important to humanity, even more important than logic when it comes to human interaction and connection. However, my ability to grasp logic is still unfortunately a point of pride for me that needs to be eradicated if I’m to move forward. I can’t go backwards; I understand that deeply. I’m therefore stuck in a state of apathy. That sounds emotional, doesn’t it? That’s because no one can get around emotion. At best, most people won’t acknowledge they are making decisions and arguments based off emotions and will rationalize — that is, use reason — after the fact. Rationalization is for a materialistic population that prides itself off eschewing emotion. This obviously will create much psychological conflict, which one sees in the world around. Ultimately, our culture has the special distinction of worshipping logic while simultaneously leaking emotion out the edges and never learning critical thinking or logic in school. We worship something *most of us* don’t understand.from => https://jilldomschot.wordpress.com/2022/12/17/yearly-reflection/
The Human Heart
Pride — arrogance and haughtiness — is the emotional response we experience when we are too focused on our self. The Bible condemns arrogance and haughtiness, but it does not have much to say about emotions. Instead, the Bible says a great deal about the heart.
To put it another way when the heart goes you go and when the heart stops you stop. Ironically there are some similarities between the physical heart and the spiritual heart. As the physical heart is central to life and living, the spiritual heart is central to every aspect of your life. When the Bible speaks about the heart it is really referring to the mind, will, and emotions.
Every choice you make, every decision you make, everything you do flows out of what is in your heart. That’s why the Bible gives us scriptures like these.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. – Proverbs 4:23
As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. – Proverbs 27:19
A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. – Luke 6:45 (NLT)from => https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/what-does-the-bible-say-about-the-heart.html
So it is that when we speak of a man’s or woman’s heart, that is not just a commentary on their medical condition.
The prophet Jeremiah saw most his society engaged in practices God despises, including the sacrifice of infants to idols. A man of God Jeremiah reluctantly obeyed God’s painful command to prophesy to his people. He told his people of the punishment the Lord would bring upon them. Jeremiah wept about the condition of the hearts of his people.
Can you or I take a proper measure of our self? Can we not more accurately assess the faults of others? Yet when I am too arrogant and haughty, who am I to correct anyone else? At best each of us can only strive to see faults in others and look for those faults in our self.
So, let us look in each other’s eyes. Let us strive to discover in others what evils reside in our own hearts.
To Be Continued
- Part 2: Are We Better => THE SIN OF TAKING OURSELVES TOO SERIOUSLY — PART 2
- Part 3: What Is The Solution? => THE SIN OF TAKING OURSELVES TOO SERIOUSLY — PART 3