Deny thyself and take up your cross
It is an area I struggle with, I guess I have always thought that I have to work hard and therefore anything for "me" goes to the bottom of the list. Very often I don't get to the bottom of the list.
A concept that I believe is a crucial part of faith is to "deny yourself and take up your cross." This has shaped my understanding of God and my understanding of my response to God.
However, sometimes my understanding of deny self sits in tension with self care. (I hold both to be important to be my faith and my own self growth).
We talked briefly about it in class and it got me thinking, "what is self?" and "what does it really mean to deny ourself?", "Can we deny ourselves so much that their is no self and therefore nothing left?"
I will consider these questions more deeply and keep you posted. I am interested of your thoughts.