i've been thinking a lot about the idea that we are often critical of characteristics in people that we actually possess in ourselves. in other words, the thing that i find most annoying about you is probably something i actually don't like about myself. sometimes i dismiss this idea, because it seems a little pretentious, but when i force myself to apply it to an actual situation of irritation, i find that it is often more true than i would like it to be.
following Jesus is so humbling. He makes you realize you don't have it together the way you think you do.
(but i think there is a tenderness in the way He does it. and it is much better to live in the truth, seeing things as they really are, then to live a delusional yet comfortable life. amen?)