Family Pollution

21 Sep

Continuing on from Monday’s post about the family as an ecologically balanced environment, let’s consider what can pollute that environment.

The world?  But the world only affects us if the self allows it to succeed in its temptations.  Note that the temptations of the world go directly to the self:  “You deserve to be happy!”  “You deserve to have fun!”

The enemy?  The enemy only affects us when the self doesn’t stand firm and we listen to his whispers.

No,  self is the root of our problem.  The two-year-old in us that wants everything to be mine, mine, mine.  It’s all about me.  God is calling us to a higher calling of sacrificing ourselves for others–especially our families.

Whoever finds his [lower] life will lose it [the higher life], and whoever loses his [lower] life on My account will find it [the higher life].  Matthew 10:39

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