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Saturday, April 3, 2010

the necessity of not pushing through

I came across the following excerpt from Frederick Buechner's The Sacred Journey this afternoon and it struck a chord in my heart. Most of the time, I am pretty confident in my own ability to get through life. Whether in times of ease or difficult situations, I have a tendency to bear down and push through my circumstances. As Buechner states, however, this is the very thing that I should refrain from, as doing so will force me to miss the opportunities for growth that are present in that experience. If I don't allow myself to be open to the possibility of a heart transformation, I may miss the Lord's entire purpose behind the circumstance. And what a shame that would be, all because I think I can get through it on my own. 
"To do for yourself the best that you have it in you to do - to grit your teeth and clench your firsts in order to survive the world at its harshest and worst - is, by that very act, to be unable to let something be done for you and in you that is more wonderful still. The trouble with steeling yourself against the harshness of reality is that the same steel that secures your life against being destroyed secures your life also against being opened up and transformed."