Posted on Monday, October 8, 2012
in How To, Relational, Spiritual, Values
I work hard.
I play hard.
But. sometimes I wonder if I’m neglecting to see something right in front of me.
Henri Nouwen wrote:
“In Abraham Heschel’s A Passion for Truth I read today the words of the Kotzker (Rabbi Menahem Mendl of Kotzk): “he who thinks that he is finished is finished.” How true.
Those who think that they have arrived, have lost their way.
Those who think they have reached their goal, have missed it.
Those who think they are saints, are demons.
An important part of the spiritual life is to keep longing, waiting, hoping, expecting. In the long run, some voluntary penance becomes necessary to help us remember that we are not yet fulfilled. A good criticism, a frustrating day, an empty stomach, or tired eyes might help to reawaken our expectation and deepen or prayer: Come, Lord Jesus, come.”
And, so I ask myself “Do I think I’ve arrived, and therefore settled for “This is it”?
Have I peaked?
Have I plateaued trying to maintain this pace to the end?
And, I ask you the same questions.
Is there more?
And, will we ask our Creator, “What would you like me to do today?”
1 – From The Genesee Diary by Henri J. Nouwen available here.