June 4, 2010

Keeping it All in Perspective


DYING TO SELF

When you are forgotten or neglected, or purposely set at naught,
and you do not sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight,
but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ,
THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed,
your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed,
and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart,
or even defend yourself, but take it all in patient, loving silence,
THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity,
and unpunctuality, or any annoyance;
when you stand face to face with waste, folly, extravagance,
spiritual insensibility, and endure it as Jesus endured it,
THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation,
or to record your own good works, or itch after commendation,
when you can truly love to be unknown,
THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

When you are content with any food, any offering, any raiment,
any climate, any society, any solitude,
any interruption by the will of God,
THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs met,
and can honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no envy nor question God,
while your own needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances,
THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less
stature than yourself, and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly,
finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart,
THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

Are you dead yet?
In these last days the Spirit would bring us to the Cross.
"That I may know Him...being made conformable to His death."
Philippians 3:10

Christ, only Christ, no needless bustling sound,
Christ, only Christ, no self important bearing,
Christ, only Christ, no trace of "I" be found.

Author Unknown

5 comments:

Christa said...

Oh Camille,
Do I fall short! But thanks be to God who is always sanctifying me through trials and tribulation, for the purpose of me dying to myself. He is glorified through it all when we are a living testimony of His work in our lives.
Thanks for sharing this.

Christa

Barbara said...

Oh amen, that is a wonderful post, thank you sweet sister, God bless you and have a grand evening.
Hugs and Blessing, Barbara

Camille said...

Dear Christa ~ AMEN!! He is faithful to chastise us to fashion us more into HIS image! How blessed we are to belong to HIM. Doesn't this poem just say it SO WELL?? May we each be useful in HIS Kingdom...for HIS glory! :)

Dear Barbara ~ May the LORD bless you with a wonderful evening too! I have loved this poem for a very long time...when I read it I find it really helps me regain perspective. :)

Blessings to you both!
Camille

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

Camille~
Thank you for your sweet comment to me. You are a blessing to all who visit your lovely blog.
Blessings~
Carrie

Sharon said...

Oh Camille,

This is so beautiful and such exhortation! Much needed as I fall short all the time but am so thankful that His mercies are new each day :) Thank you so much for sharing this reminder of who is important.

Have a blessed day in Jesus Camille :)

Love,
Sharon