Everyone Carries a Shadow

I’m sure you have heard it said — “We have met the enemy and they are us.” You have probably also heard — “sometimes I’m my own worst enemy.” This can be true collectively or individually. Sometimes these days it seems that we are our own worst enemies as a nation.  Today I came upon this quote by the great psychologist Carl Jung. He wrote this in 1938:
 
“Unfortunately there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. If an inferiority is conscious, one always has a chance to correct it. Furthermore, it is constantly in contact with other interests, so that it is continually subjected to modifications. But if it is repressed and islolated from consciousness, it never gets corrected.” 
 
Check out the parable this week from Matthew 13: 24 – 30. This little story that Jesus told is what got all these other thoughts started. Sometimes we are quick to think we want to pull up and get rid of everything that is wrong with others and ourselves. But we had better be careful and let God decide. You never know what you might be pulling up. 
 
Steve 
 
Scripture: Matthew 13: 24 – 30
Sermon: Let Then Grow Together
 
Prayer need — Let’s keep our friend Tim King in our thoughts and prayers tomorrow and for several days as his long postponed heart surgery will be taking place Friday morning. Bless you Tim. We love you!

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