man or mouse? squeek up!

One of the pitfalls of ministry, even life in general, is worrying about what other people think. Especially worrying about what other people think of you the pastor, priest, minister, rabbi, or person that you are! I know several people oppressed by the expectations of others. I am sometimes among them. Do we have the courage, everyone, to break free of the expectations of others and live as fully liberated human beings? I like this passage: The meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. Rather, he may be in his moral life as bold as a lion and as strong as Samson; but he has stopped being fooled about himself. He has accepted God s own estimate of his own life. He knows he is as weak and helpless as God has declared him to be, but paradoxically, he knows at the same time that he is, in the sight of God, more important than angels. In himself, nothing; in God, everything. That is his motto. He knows well that the world will never see him as God sees him and he has stopped caring. He rests perfectly content to allow God to place his own values. He will be patient to wait for the day when everything will get it own price tag and real worth will come into its own In the meantime, he will have attained a place of soul rest. As he walks on in meekness he will be happy to let God defend him. The old struggle to defend himself is over. He has found the peace which meekness brings (A.W. Tozer, Pursuit of God, p. 113).

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