Beyond The Veil I'm back into the book above. I just have to share the chapter on humility. - "Humility is bringing all of you under His control. It isn't instant. It's a result of maturity, which takes both time and experience." I have fallen from grace a lot in my Christian walk, but this really encouraged me that all is not lost: - "The road to maturity is dotted with potholes that are designed to keep us humble and teachable. And nothing is more effective in developing humility than failure." Heb. 5:14 "But strong meat (like the deeper things of God I think) belong to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." I think "by reason of use" means how much we pray and search scripture, so that we have excercised our senses, and can tell what is good and what is evil. So, if we just go back to where we left off after we have sinned and asked for forgiveness, we will still grow stronger. We shouldn't let satan convince us that we are now condemned and it is useless to try to live the Christian life because we have proven too weak. NO! We need to cry out to God and ask forgiveness and then go on with His strength, because we are maturing. He knows and understands and it will become clear to us as we enter back into his presence. It's also helpful to have more mature Christians surrounding us, who are understanding and will encourage us to continue on, like CFS. But, I digress. - "Disappointments are His appointments. They teach us how to trust. When you humble yourself with perfect peace of heart despite injustice, then death to self is complete." I recently went through an experience at work where I was unjustly reprimmanded and my co-worker could not believe I didn't stick up for myself or lash back. It's a long story, but I decided to swallow my hurt pride and accept that my supervisor was just encouraging me to be better at my job. The co-worker witnessed this and spoke to me privately. I told her I had to chose my battles and that this was not one I chose to fight. But, after reading this book, I would have a better answer for her if it came up again. I liked this comparison: "Death is the seed; humility is the ripened fruit."