Seeing The Ox

After struggling with the ox for some time, maybe years – decades even – the day comes when the ox is identified and, if one is wise, accepted. This is the time of putting a ring through its nose, and with a whip, it is kept from running about, pulling us this way and that. It can be a time of excitement; to finally see the ox and the source of so much chaos is exhilarating, for it holding the ox gives one a sense of freedom and spiritual growth. However, it is soon after that one learns the ox is not tame, it is not easy to conquer. The realization that there is yet more effort needed, more work to be done, and that one has not gained spiritual mastery yet, leads to a sense of humility and even discouragement. The latter feeling, discouragement, is to be avoided, as it comes not from God, but from vanity and a sense of ignorance that the spiritual journey is not one of ease and delight, but, as Christ told us, one of picking up a cross and following him. Crosses are not easy to carry. They weigh us down and cause us to stumble and fall. The sooner we accept this truth, the easier it will be to follow Christ.

Categories Blog Post, Book Excerpt | Tags: , , , | Posted on August 5, 2019

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