Selfishness, Sensibility, and a Maxim of Hagakure


In that moment, I was burnt out. I was in one of those phases, where all we do is want to please ourselves. Our wants, our desires - what the world truly needs is second to what I want. And so, I was there in the shower when came the voice of reason: "If you want to change this, you should work on it - learn this week how to be a servant." I knew that this week had to be one of selflessness and humility, and that I should study in God's Word how to be a servant. I had only just told God I was sorry and wanted to get close to Him once more, when I heard that voice. I believe God answered my desperate need. Earlier today, I read this quote from a load screen in my favorite video game, Shogun 2 Total War. It said this:

"Covetousness, anger and foolishness are things to sort out well. When bad things happen in the world, if you look at them comparatively, they are not unrelated to these three things. Looking comparatively at the good things, you will see that they are not excluded from wisdom, humanity and bravery."

That was straight out of Hagakure's book, the Art of the Samurai. And, you know, he wasn't far from the truth. Selfishness breeds all kinds of malice, senselessness, and violence. Even today, it is easy to do violence to each other's hearts - something that Jesus Christ told us about two-thousand years ago:

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ [a term of contempt] is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell."

And so, I'm excited about next week. Hopefully, I am bettered by it. My heart to you all!

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