Saturday, February 20, 2010
A lesson in Humility
Corey linked an article over at TM early this morning, about a columnist who wrote a piece that was critical of Palin - only to have the backlash force him to write an apology. But to me, the important thing is that he was forced to do a lot of soul searching in the process. I found this writer to be very soothing and thought provoking:
"And so this is Lent, that season of the Christian year in which believers fast, pray and repent of their sins. For the devout, this is a tall order, since there is a seemingly unlimited supply of repentable material.
It’s a humbling process, repentance. It covers everything from saying something wicked about someone else to making a fool of yourself.
Consider Lindsey Jacobellis. She came to the Vancouver Winter Olympics resolved to repent of her foolishness four years ago, when she had a gold medal in the bag before blowing it with a hot-dog move near the finish line. This time, she didn’t show off, merely skidded off-course and was disqualified as her dad watched in agony — along with millions of TV viewers.
That kind of humiliation can only be suffered with humility. In her own way, the Lenten pilgrim humbles herself by facing her less spectacular failures. Reminded by the ashes she will return to dust, she applies spiritual practice in hopes of running the course without crashing."
“Lenten disciplines train us like athletes, strengthening our earthly bodies and souls,” writes Frederica Matthewes-Green in Christianity Today. She recalls the Apostle Paul’s caution: “I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” Charley Honey: Reader reaction to Sarah Palin column a lesson in humility
Posted by Chloe at 6:34 AM