Soul Snack 179/12 ... Life's Nemesis
In a pre-Christ Greek myth, a hunter uncommon in his beauty but too common in his pride was renowned for his disdain of those who loved him. This color-less personality was drawn by Nemesis (the Greek goddess of retribution) to dwell upon his stunning reflection in a pool of still water. The witless Narcissus, unable to grasp that he was consumed by his own image, fell in love with it and was completely unable to leave the pool's edge. He died.
Fixation upon oneself is as healthy today as it was amongst the ancient Greeks.
In the race of life always back self-interest. - Jack Lang (Premier of New South Wales 1925-27, 1930-32).
Self-interest's survival remains stronger than any atom bomb, Pacific tsunami or even a world-wide flood, and it kills.
So how can the very nature of man, his own unrestrained ability to seek self first ever be dealt with?
There is no pill to take, no operation to be had, or psychiatrist's couch that can remove the plague of Narcissus, for with this disease the help of man is worthless (see Is 2:22). Cosmic heart surgery is the only cure.
Jesus is as crystal as Narcissus's pond was clear - the way to lose in the race of life is to back self-interest.
He did not, neither should they who claim His name for self-interest continues as life's boldest nemesis.
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. (Jn 12:24)
Today's Soul Snippet:
You have never seen God but you have always been seen by God.