Thread: The Basis of Our Security
February 19th 2004, 05:16 AM #1
The Basis of Our Security
The Basis of Our Security
by Henri Nouwen; from Bread for the Journey, Harper Collins, New York, 1997
What is the basis of our security? When we start thinking about that question, we may give many answers: success, money, friends, property, popularity, family, connections, insurance, and so on. We may not always think that any of these forms the basis of our security, but our actions or feelings may tell us otherwise. When we start losing our money, our friends, or our popularity, our anxiety often reveals how deeply our sense of security is rooted in these things.
A spiritual life is a life in which our security is based not in any created things, good as they may be, but in God, who is everlasting love. We probably will never be completely free from our attachment to the temporal world, but if we want to live in that world in a truly free way, we'd better not belong to it. "You cannot be the slave both of God and of money" (Luke 16:13).
February 19th 2004, 08:03 AM #2
Re: The Basis of Our SecurityOriginally posted by Solly
That reminds me of the last time I resigned from a secure job while in debt, with house mortgaged, no money, no source of income, and no prospect of replacing the quality of job and level of income I had given up.
When evening came that day, I said to my wife, "I had a secure job, and now all I have is God." I was on the brink of panic when I began that statement, but when I finished it, I broke up laughing (joyfully) at the very idea that my security had been in my job, and that God was a less secure support.
Sure enough, as always, God came through, in due time providing me more than I had given up.
Johnהִנֵּה מַה־טּוֹב וּמַה־נָּעִים שֶׁבֶת אַחִים גַּם־יָחַד
February 19th 2004, 08:41 AM #3
Re: The Basis of Our SecurityOriginally posted by John Reece
February 19th 2004, 09:15 AM #4
Re: The Basis of Our SecurityOriginally posted by Sollyהִנֵּה מַה־טּוֹב וּמַה־נָּעִים שֶׁבֶת אַחִים גַּם־יָחַד
February 20th 2004, 04:46 AM #5
The Nonpossessive Life
Continuing thoughts from the above source
To be able to enjoy fully the many good things the world has to offer, we must be detached from them. To be detached does not mean to be indifferent or uninterested. It means to be nonpossessive. Life is a gift to be grateful for and not a property to cling to.
A nonpossessive life is a free life. But such freedom is only possible when we have a deep sense of belonging. To whom then do we belong? We belong to God, and the God to whom we belong has sent us into the world to proclaim in his Name that all of creation is created in and by love and calls us to gratitude and joy. That is what the "detached" life is all about. It is a life in which we are free to offer praise and thanksgiving.
February 20th 2004, 07:55 AM #6
Re: The Basis of Our Security
A certain level of insecurity is good for us. In fact, God would be unloving to make us completely secure. Without some insecurity, we would see no reason for Him.Human embryos are living human beings precisely because they possess the single defining feature of human life that is lost in the moment of death—the ability to function as a coordinated organism rather than merely as a group of living human cells. Maureen L. Condic (Click Here)Government by the people is always preferable to government by the judiciary. Brian Fahling Senior trial attorney for the Center for Law & PolicyThe philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. Abraham LincolnUnless you say, "Yes, I'm a sinner who needs forgiveness" and accept God's free gift of salvation, your answer is "No" by default. We report, you decide.
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