Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Conviction

When I was reading through one of the lessons in the Beth Moore Esther Bible study this morning, I came across a paragraph that really struck me.  You know, one of those times that something hits you between the eyes and sucks the breath right out of you for just a second?
"If we distance ourselves long enough from real needs, we repace them with those that aren't.  Pretense becomes the new real and suddenly a delay in the delivery of our new couch becomes a terrible upset.  We are wise to force ourselves to keep differentiating between simple inconveniences and authentic tribulations.  The more detached and self-absorbed we become, the more we mistake annoyances for agonies."
What do you think of that?  Any thoughts?

3 comments:

Kristen said...

wow...love that. will be saving that one! I think this "syndrome" (which we are all guilty of at some point) is seen so much more clearly in this facebook era. I'm always amazed at how angry and entitled people get about being inconvenienced.

Terry @ Breathing Grace said...

Johanna, this was a good word. Interestingly enough, the longer I blog the more I find there is almost NO subject I haven't attempted to tackle at some point.

This one is no exception, though I'm sure I am no where near as eloquent as Beth Moore:

http://terrybreathinggrace.wordpress.com/2009/11/07/perspective-or-how-im-learning-not-to-sweat-the-small-stuff/

Joanna said...

I would love to say something very meaningful, but I can't verbalize what it is I want to say so I'll go with, "AMEN!"