On not being a selfish clod.

I’m currently reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan. It’s very good, and it’s making me be honest with myself about a few things.  This isn’t easy, but it’s good and necessary.

In the book, Chan quotes George Bernard Shaw:

“This is true joy in life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”

I don’t want to be a feverish, selfish little clod.  But I know I am sometimes because I totally get that description.

I think the hard part, besides the inertia of our clod-ness, is making sure we’ve found something that we recognize to be a ‘mighty purpose’.

Have you found such a purpose?

3 thoughts on “On not being a selfish clod.

  1. Wonderful….wonderful thoughts. Fighting against our selfish nature if a life long struggle Apart from the Spirit, impossible…..

  2. I love that book. I got to read it with a group of Tabor students last semester. We read it out loud and passed the book around the table. It was so utterly challenging that it left us speechless a few times.

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