Leaving Self, Choosing Others

“He would not choose to be less than his neighbour; he would choose his neighbour to be greater than he. He looks up to every man. Otherwise gifted than he, his neighbour is more than he. All come from the one mighty father: shall he judge the live thoughts of God, which is greater and which is less? In thus denying, thus turning his back on himself, he has no thought of saintliness, no thought but of his father and his brethren. To such a child heaven’s best secrets are open. He clambers about the throne of the Father unrebuked; his back is ready for the smallest heavenly playmate; his arms are an open refuge for any blackest little lost kid of the Father’s flock; he will toil with it up the heavenly stair, up the very steps of the great white throne, to lay it on the Father’s knees. For the glory of that Father is not in knowing himself God, but in giving himself away—in creating and redeeming and glorifying his children.”
George MacDonald, Hope of the Gospel


I think the point here is an immense love that should be growing in the heart and soul of the child of God. A love so big and energetic that it loses its center and grasp on self (which was the wrong center for our soul anyway), and moves in him to give, help, comfort and encourage others. And doing that, the child of God has arrived at the correct center of gravity, which gives him the proper balance and orbit, and everything then can fall into place. Then he has room to be who he was made to be. 

~ Watergirl


“The man who does not house self, has room to be his real self—God’s eternal idea of him. He lives eternally; in virtue of the creative power present in him with momently, unimpeded creation, he is.”

George MacDonald, Hope of the Gospel


“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for they are of the same spirit as God, and of nature the kingdom of heaven is theirs.”

~ George MacDonald, Hope of the Gospel

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