Asceticism is the practice of self denial for religious reasons. This is a center theme within Christianity. Pride is denounced and humbleness and humility is encouraged. In todays world that is viewed as a weakness. To succeed, one must take on the humanistic view and do whatever it takes to take care of numero uno.
Proverbs 27:2 "Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips."
In the above video, Nichole Nordeman sings her popular song "legacy". She is my favorite female artist, particularly because of this song. She makes people think about how they are living. Not necessarily when we leave earth, but possible relationships that we have had. I personally have lost connection with many friends throughout the years and I am approaching the end of my college years and soon to be looking for new employment which may cause an end to even more. I can wonder what impression I have left on them. This is not a prideful remark, just as Nichole Nordeman contrasts the flesh liking accolades, but more importantly is your reflection of Christ. Did I stand for Christ? Was I loving? or was I a hypocrite?
I guess I am attempting to open the thought of evaluating your own life and what you are living for. Is it self glorification or the glorification of Jesus Christ? And what will people remember you by.
Thursday, April 17, 2008 Labels: asceticism, religion