Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Victimization: A Waste of our Suffering

"Anything that tastes as good as anger should be taken in moderation and never on an empty stomach. But the problem with anger is that it makes us lose interest in the blessings of life because we can only think about the one infuriating thing. We obsess over it and become intoxicated with the hurt we feel. This is why the old saints claimed that victimization is a waste of our suffering. Once we take on the identity of victims, we are allowing nothing redemptive to occur, and since we have idolized the anger, how can we be open to such divine gifts as healing, forgiveness, and the gravitas that emerges through adversity?"

~M. Craig Barnes

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