Buddhists understand the importance of surrender,

loving what is, being comfortable with the unknown.  What they don’t understand, is how much easier it is to live peacefully like a Buddhist, as a Jesus-dependent, rather than a self-dependent, where life is UP TO ME.  Surrendering, loving what is, being comfortable with the unknown, in my own power, is so-much harder than simply confessing my INdependence/autonomy/willfulness/agenda/unbelief-in-Jesus’-sovereign-reign.  Impossible to be Jesus-dependent — clueless-I-know-what’s-best, without believing He is totally sovereign over everything and everyone.  

We humans try and control our circumstances because we’re confident-we-know-what’s-best.  INdependence, not DEpendence.  So while Buddhists have a great goal — an other-worldly peace, they have to rely on their own power to get there.  Course, we Christians have the same problem — trying to follow Jesus in our own strength, leaning on our own understanding, wise in our own eyes.  The more Jesus grows us Christians in self-awareness, the more we’ll see our failure at following Him — our failure at believing He knows best, so the more we’ll CONFESS, which gets us back to being clueless-we-know-what’s-best.  Ahhh.  Confession is the pathway to happiness.  Blindness/denial is the pathway to stress, frustration, malcontentedness.  Seed cast on thorny soil that does not reproduce.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, who is so pathetically weak and dysfunctional that the sovereignty of Jesus isn’t optional, but essential 

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