Journeying with God, through many traditions.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

On Humility and Peace...


Children of the Sea
Joseph Israels


An Excerpt from "The Imitation"

On humility and peace
Do not worry about who is and is not on your side: simply make
sure that God is with you in all you do.
Have a clear conscience, and God will defend you. For if God
chooses to help you, no malice can do you harm.
If you know how to suffer in silence, without doubt you will
receive the help of the Lord. He knows when and how he will
free you, so resign yourself into his care. It is for God to give help
and give freedom from trouble.
For the sake of humility it is often good for others to know our
weaknesses and tax us with them.
When a man holds himself humbly because of his weakness, it
is easy for him to please others and calm those who are angry
with him.
God protects and frees the humble, loves and consoles them.
He leans down to the humble, he bestows great grace on them,
he lifts them from their lowliness into glory.
God calls the humble gently to him, and to them he reveals
his secrets.
If a humble man is humiliated, he is happy enough and at peace,
because his support is God and not the world.
Do not count yourself as having made progress until you feel
yourself inferior to everyone.
A peaceable man is of more use than a learned man.
If you are a slave to your feelings, you will see good actions as bad,
and you will easily believe the worst; a good and peaceful man will
see good in everything.
Whoever is truly at peace is not plagued by suspicion. Whoever is
discontented and disturbed will be blown about by gusts of suspicion:
he cannot rest and will not let others rest either.
He often says what he should not say, and fails to do what it would
be best to do.
He knows what other people ought to do, but not what he should be
doing himself.
Worry about your own behaviour first; you can worry about other
people later.
You are good at making excuses for your own behaviour and showing
it in the best light, but you do not want to accept the excuses of others.
It would be fairer for you to accuse yourself and excuse your brother.
If you want other people to put up with you, put up with them first.

Thomas a' Kempis

5 comments:

  1. Oh...i loved it.. Have God on your side..and my favorite lime was worry about your own behaviour first, then about others... So lovely..thanks

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