Saturday, March 14, 2009

Selfishness

I have felt the chastening of the Spirit to disolve all selfishness from my heart to which I am so easily inclined.


I am eternally grateful for the example of the selfless life the Savior so constantly lived. I am so thankful for the selfless sacrifice of the Atonement so I can be healed of my cankering selfishness.


Today I read a wonderful discourse by Neal A. Maxwell called, "Repent of our selfishness" given in April of 1999. These are a few bits and pieces from it.



“Our love of God must be pure, without selfish intent.”

“Selfishness is really self-destruction in slow motion.”

“No wonder the Prophet Joseph Smith urged, “Let every selfish feeling be not only buried, but annihilated”

“Surging selfishness, for example, has shrunken some people into ciphers; they seek to erase their emptiness by sensations. But in the arithmetic of appetite, anything multiplied by zero still totals zero!”

“By focusing on himself, a selfish person finds it easier to bear false witness, to steal, and covet, since nothing should be denied him.”

“In contrast to the path of selfishness, there is no room for road rage on the straight and narrow way.”

“Meekness is the real cure, for it does not merely mask selfishness but dissolves it! Smaller steps could include asking ourselves inwardly before undertaking an important action, Whose needs am I really trying to meet? Or in significant moments of self-expression, we can first count to 10. Such thoughtful filtering can multiply our offering by 10 as a mesh of reflective meekness filters out destructive and effusive ego.”

“We can also meekly let our ideas have a life of their own without oversponsoring them. Rather, let the Spirit impel our worthy ideas.”

“No wonder we have been told, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me,” and this includes self-worship! (Ex. 20:3; emphasis added). One way or another, the grossly selfish will finally be shattered, whimpering, against the jagged, concrete consequences of their selfishness.”

“Strange as it seems, when severely selfish people are no longer little in their own sight, everybody else shrinks! (see 1 Sam. 15:17).”

“A narcissist society, in which each person is busy looking out for number one, can build neither brotherhood nor community. Aren’t we glad in this Easter season and in all seasons that Jesus did not selfishly look out for number one?”

- Neal A. Maxwell http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/EmailArticleProcess?action=view&cmlId=400049&locale=0&emId=790404746

1 comment:

Shawie said...

those are very nice quotes from Neal A. Maxwell:)

It's really true and I realized that the only person that can diminish herself/himself is her/him. And those selfish people are the most lonely people in this world...