i have found that anything less of a hatred for glory, praise, and the desire for the applause of men leads me to desire the increase of self and the decrease of Christ.
reminder to self: boast in my weakness. i can do nothing of eternal significance unless it is Christ working in and through me. i am better than no one. i am no better than those who are murderers, rapists, thieves, and the worst of criminals. the only difference at all between me and the lost is Christ in me. we are all depraved without him.
I am scared to pray this, but I trust you. Ravage my heart in your fierce love so that only Christ will remain in me. I will accept all the pain it will take if I can have just a little more of you and less of me in the end.
in Jesus name,