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My Utmost for His Highest (1927)
This morning, shortly after he got up, President Bush considered how to get away from "pettiness and paltriness of mind". What did his spiritual guide advise? "Ask God to keep the eyes of your spirit open to the Risen Christ, and it will be impossible for drudgery to damp you." Thus fortified, Bush resumed hostilities against Iraq.Purely by coincidence, I happen to have read the online version of My Utmost for His Highest most days last year. It can be fairly tough sledding sometimes if you've not had a personal experience of Christ, which I've not, but I found it very worthwhile and it would be especially appropriate for a president to get a daily dose of the theme that unifies the entries: humility. Consider today's for example:
March 8: The Surrendered Life I have been crucified with Christ . . . -Galatians 2:20Look at what Mr. Chambers requires of us here: that we acknowledge our sinfulness; surrender pretense; surrender our inflated sense of self-worth; surrender our attachment to material things; surrender pridefulness; and identify with the sacrifice for others that is exemplified in the Crucifixion, a measure against which we can't help but find ourselves unworthy. Thereupon, he suggests, we may find ourselves made suitable instruments for a Higher purpose than our own.
In a sense this reminds us of the tradition of having a retainer whisper in the ear of Philip of Macedon: "Philip, thou art mortal." What better message for the most powerful man on Earth to hear each day than that he, as all of us, has much to humble about?
The Greek philosopher Protagorus famously referred to Man as the measure of all things. Those who agree will find little here to like. But those who would measure themselves against a higher ideal, without fear of being found wanting, will find it an invaluable daily reminder of just short of the mark we fall and of just how much is required of us.
-ETEXT: My Utmost for His Highest (Official Oswald Chambers Daily Devotional)
-Oswald Chambers Publications Association Ltd.
-BIO: OSWALD & BIDDY CHAMBERS (Oswald Chambers Publications Association Ltd.)
-Oswald Chambers - Portraits of Great Christians (In Touch Ministries)
-ETEXTS: Chambers, Oswald (Christian Classics Ethereal Library)
-ESSAY: The Story of Mrs. Oswald Chambers
-ESSAY: Wisdom in a Time of War: What Oswald Chambers and C.S. Lewis teach us about living through the long battle with terrorism (J.I. Packer, 01/04/2002, Christianity Today)
-ESSAY: FALSE FARE: OSWALD CHAMBERS (Miles J. Stanford)
-ESSAY: Exclusive! What George Bush read this morning (Catherine Bennett, March 6, 2003, The Guardian)
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