“I shall not demean my own uniqueness by envy of others. I shall stop boring into myself to discover what psychological or social categories I might belong to. Mostly I shall simply forget about myself and do my work.” (Clyde Kilby quoted in John Piper, The Hidden Smile of God, 112)
A good friend passed this cutting quotation to me in the midst of a conversation, and I thought it too excellent to not share with friends. It seems a scripturally saturated thought, as it pushes we who are narcissistic, self-focused sinners outside of ourselves and forces us to concentrate on other people and on bigger, more significant matters of life.
This is the kind of quotation, I think, that should not cause us to attempt knee-jerk reactions to patterns of our lives but should instead prompt us to meditate on every aspect of our existence. It might even be worth printing out and putting up on one’s mirror. Or one might write it on the first page of a journal. Whatever the case, this piercing word from an old English professor caused me to sit up straight. I’m going to try to keep it in my mind for a long time, and use it to fight sin and silly thoughts and bad habits.
If we do so, we’ll abase or lower ourselves and we’ll lift Christ high. We’ll worry less about our cars or clothes or Facebook pages or blogs or classes or hair growth or children, and we’ll worry far, far more about making God great. That is no small thing (though we are).