Wednesday, 11 February 2009

On Being a Good Loser

It's in the Cards

Between the eyes again this morning from Evelyn Underhill, A Spiritual Life, in Readings for Reflection in A Guide to Prayer:
Osuna says that God plays a game with the soul called "the loser wins;" a game in which the one who holds the poorest cards does best. 
Not sure who Osuna is; a town in Spain a cursory Googling says.

Toil and Suffering

And Fanny Crosby's hymn, Close to Thee, is the hymn for the week:
Not for ease or worldly pleasure,
Not for fame my prayer shall be;
Gladly will I toil and suffer,
Only let me walk with thee.
I may not be praying for it, but the inclination to ease, pleasure and fame is in there. Toiling and suffering! Well…

Winning by Losing

So Kingdom success is winning by losing.

It brings the Stephen Ministry training material to mind: focus on process, not results. So, if we want to be fishers of men and women, we begin by following Jesus (process). Follow me, he said, and I will make you fishers of men (results).

I know, I know. Some folk in our parish (including my wife) will be saying, "See, see! Don't worry about growth. You can't make it happen. God gives the growth. It says so right in the Bible."

I'm trying. I need Jesus to wield more of that mud I mentioned in the previous post.