Saturday, July 27, 2013

Alone

The audio book in my truck is currently A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis. It has started slowly, but I am learning from it. The book is a collection of journal entries that "Jack" (as he was known) made when his cherished bride passed away from cancer.

I don't remember the exact phrase or context that prompted this thought in me, but I thought I would share. In Genesis 2, The LORD God said, "It is not good for man to be alone, I will make a suitable helper for him."

I've always understood this to mean that God did not want him to be lonely. And that may be some of what God meant in sharing this truth with us. But I wonder too if the purpose for not having the man be alone was so that the man would not be self-absorbed. For mankind to truly reflect the image of God, he needs to love when it's difficult, sacrifice when he has the right to privilege, and give when he wants to receive.

There are many times when I tend to be selfish, but my wife is a good reminder for me to keep from worshiping myself. I notice too that when I am alone is when I also naturally turn my thoughts inward rather than outward.

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