“It’s Hard Not to Notice”

Some things have a way of forcing the issue; of thrusting the truth before my heart—the truth that I should have known all along. Or perhaps I did know and simply chose to ignore it. Pride is stubborn that way.

This truth in this piece by Petra Hefner made me want to weep. “Lord be merciful to me, a sinner…” (Luke 18: 9-14)

It’s hard not to notice the pious

arrogance claiming to point to Him, yet ever
pointing to the great created thing, itself

bragging about all His great grace right

alongside all the great, great things
which the created thing (thinking itself
to be quite great because of His great grace)
has created and can create.

And the created thing, perceiving
all things good to be of His great grace
and for its own great benefit, pronounces over all
great things how greatly pleased it is to please
the great Giver of such great providence. read more…


2 thoughts on ““It’s Hard Not to Notice”

  1. Is it surprising that humility weeps the most, while pride neither heeds nor weeps?
    I thank God for grace – for giving more grace – always more and more grace! James 4:6
    I thank God for you! ♥

  2. That article was great! :)
    OK – Seriously now. It was wonderfully challenging for all of us who are Christians. Sometimes our desire and search for significance can cause our piety wrapped in praise such as described in the article. But in reality (yes reality), our significance is manifest and grown in humility…..real humility in Christ. Not like the alms-giver, who gives while making sure everyone can hear the “clink” of the alms dropping in the plate (or someone who serves for the proverbial photo-op). While the “clink” of alms in a plate or flash of a camera while serving are not bad, these are temptations for one to take control in manifesting our significance.

    We have the ultimate example of manifest significance through humility in Christ’s example as he suffered and died at our hands (let’s make it personal….at my hands). But He was raised from the dead and now sits at the right hand of God the Father and through whom rests salvation exclusively! Therein lies the truth of the paradox of significance.

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