Foster & submission….

Reading Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline this morning and concerning the discipline of submission, I came across this brilliant passage again:- Forgive me for quoting the whole thing, but the brilliance of it can’t be undersold…

“Self-denial is not the same thing as self-contempt. Self-contempt claims that we have no worth, and even if we do have worth, we should reject it. Self-denial declares that we are of infinite worth and shows us how to realize it. Self-contempt denies the goodness of the creation; self-denial affirms that it is indeed good. Jesus made the ability to love ourselves the prerequisite for our reaching out to others. Matthew 22:39 Self-love and self-denial are not in conflict. More than once Jesus made it quite clear that self-denial is the only sure way to love ourselves……” p114