I implicate myself all the time (is that the correct usage of ‘implicate’?). In so many discussions with people I assume they’re referring to me. If it’s not clear who they’re talking about, if it’s a general statement, I often take it personally. Does that mean I’m self-absorbed? Yes. We’re all self-absorbed to a point. But I’m going to make the assertion that my dose of it is too high. More confirmation about counseling? It’s complete attentiveness to the other. It’s listening, it’s asking the hard questions. It’s true that counseling is a subjective act…two biased people coming together to converse. My thoughts will be discussed, but the subject will be anything but me. What a challenge. 🙂 But fruitful, I hope.
“…There will have to be the relinquishing of my claim to my right to myself in every phase. Am I willing to relinquish my hold on all I possess, my hold on my affections, and on everything, and to be identified with the death of Jesus Christ? There is always a sharp painful disillusionment to go through before we do relinquish. When a man really sees himself as the Lord sees him, it is not the abominable sins of the flesh that shock him, but the awful nature of the pride of his own heart against Jesus Christ. When he sees himself in the light of the Lord, the shame and the horror and the desperate conviction come home. If you are up against the question of relinquishing, go through the crisis, relinquish all, and God will make you fit for all that He requires of you.” -Oswald C.
Pride. Nailed it. I’m MORE THAN RELIEVED that “as far as the east is from the west, God has removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12) Otherwise, my pride would overtake me. Forgive me, oh God, change me, and thank you for your grace!