Spiritual Friendship: The Skills (5b)

"Service." We continue looking at how service wears down and wears out the false-self beliefs we build our lives on. It's a hassle, to be sure. However, it is a hassle the way eating salad is a hassle. We may prefer nachos and beer, but two things: 1) salads can actually taste good once we train ourselves, and 2) when we make salads a bigger part of our diet than nachos, we like how our bodies respond. Service is not unlike that for the soul.

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Spiritual Friendship: The Skills (5a)

"Service." One of the ancient skills necessary to live well in the environment in which our souls thrive. One of the ancient skills necessary to live in authentic spiritual community. But perhaps not for the reasons you might think. We come to the ancient Christian practice of service for a lot of reasons - usually not good ones. But that, it turns out, is the very beauty of the practice. It has a powerful capacity to purify motives.

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