16 February 2009


Struck by this today. In giving Rev. Timothy instructions for his pastoral duties, Paul says this of the widows in the church:

She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day, but she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives. -1 Tim 5:5-6

It's the last phrase that bites my heart. More literally it's: 'the self-indulgent, living, has died.' Feeding Self feels like life; it is death. Denying Self feels like death; it is life.

I am no widow but that is helpful.

1 comment:

Eric said...

I find things like this helpful too . . . except I'm tempted to say that it is more on the order of "discouraging," given how awful I am in this area.